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thanks for the information everyone. I see now from bbc website that Fed himself says it was to test his new racquet.  Interesting that he's made that switch as Johnnie Mac was recommending he should do so.
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I saw Delbonis win over Verdasco where he really played courageously, esp. on BP. Nevertheless, I thought that Fed would have a lucky draw. How wrong to underestimate players beyond the top 100.
I also think that, as far as Federer goes, now that he's lost his 'invincible' aura the lower-ranked younger players are no longer afraid of him, and will now have the belief that they can beat him.


thanks for the information everyone. I see now from bbc website that Fed himself says it was to test his new racquet.  Interesting that he's made that switch as Johnnie Mac was recommending he should do so.
Gstaad could be interesting.  Also is his new larger racquet frame going to compensate for his creaking body?  Federer is also reported on the BBC site as saying that the racquet didn't have much to do with his loss and that he'd had a difficult week throughout -

"But I'm happy I fought through many matches. It gives me the matches I was looking for.

"I was clearly hoping, after winning a tough one yesterday, to somehow get through today and then give myself an opportunity to win the title tomorrow.

"It's disappointing, but defeats like that happen sometimes. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the final, but nevertheless, I did have four good matches and these are the kind of matches I need."

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Perhaps the weight of the bigger racquet is putting too much strain on his back? Whistle w00t
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though perhaps his head won't be quite so big now to compensate  Whistle
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Perhaps the weight of the bigger racquet is putting too much strain on his back? Whistle w00t
That did, quite seriously, cross my mind, not because of how heavy it might be, but the fact that his body is going to have to adjust to playing with it.



I like this tweet from PseudoFed Very Happy

Not Roger Federer ‏@PseudoFed
Staff member, "I'm confused, is this new racquet supposed to be helping you win or lose?" I said, "You're not confused, you're fired"





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I also think that, as far as Federer goes, now that he's lost his 'invincible' aura the lower-ranked younger players are no longer afraid of him, and will now have the belief that they can beat him.

Gstaad could be interesting.  Also is his new larger racquet frame going to compensate for his creaking body?  Federer is also reported on the BBC site as saying that the racquet didn't have much to do with his loss and that he'd had a difficult week throughout -

"But I'm happy I fought through many matches. It gives me the matches I was looking for.

"I was clearly hoping, after winning a tough one yesterday, to somehow get through today and then give myself an opportunity to win the title tomorrow.

Just what I was saying yesterday to my OH. Mayer took the first set ever off Fed.

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Perhaps the weight of the bigger racquet is putting too much strain on his back? Whistle w00t
Too much strain on his ego more like!
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/23391395

pmsl w00t
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Present Roger does not care about ranking.

Because, he is referring to Agassiz or Hewitt.
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when thigs are not going well for federer, he does not care about ranking, but when things are going right for him then the rankings are the be all and end all of a players status. He himself has said that.
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it's official: speculation as to whether it's time he stopped:

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/shouldnt-roger-federer-just-bow-out-gracefully-8744505.html
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i personally feel it is time for him to quit. Federer has had his time, if he decides to plod on for the next god knows how long its only going to ruin his image.

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I can't imagine he'd want to do that ie plod along and slip down the rankings.  I'm sure at present he believes he can turn it round again, once his back is sorted, and who knows - you can never count him out completely.  But it looks like the glory days are gone.
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i personally feel it is time for him to quit. Federer has had his time, if he decides to plod on for the next god knows how long its only going to ruin his image.
Try telling that to the Fed luvvies, many of whom are still convinced he's going to win another Slam despite the fact that it took him two and a half years to win his last one.  Meanwhile Andy has definitely become a force to be reckoned with, and Del Potro is reckoned by most experts to be back to where he was before his wrist injury and, provided he manages to stay fit, is now perceived to be a real threat to the top five.  Add to that Djokovic and Nadal (if fit) so, whilst I would never count Federer out if he can fix his back problem, I'd say his chances of pulling this off are pretty low.
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End of the year may be a good time for him to go - if he fails to make the O2 then he can refer to the back injury to save a bit of face and slip away without any further embarrassments. He can bang on all he wants about playing Rio in 2016, but his current form shows that he'd be a shell of his former self by 2015 at least.

It's a shame in a way, as he's been the main player in this recent 'Golden Era' for tennis, but I won't miss the media fawning over him and his fans turning a blind eye to his many arrogant proclamations.
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