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."