Federer and Nadal switch racquets

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  1. Stevo Karlovic

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    What would happen if Nadal was forced to play with the Six.One 90? I believe this hypothetical question answers any doubt that racquet technology has great bearing on the one-sidedness of this rivalry. That Aero Pro Drive with RPM Blast absolutely scorches the ball, and in essence, covers far more court with its high forgiveness. This is a glaring advantage that Federer should not be so stubborn or naïve to, any longer.

    Consider this:

    Two out of three PGA Tour golfers carry an "R" series driver by Taylormade. The R7 inparticular, was carried by an uncanny, 75% of golfers in 2009.
     
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  2. VeeSe

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    Consider this:

    ATP tour players have the same choice that pro golfers do of using the racquet that they prefer. Yet I don't see 75% of pro tennis players using Babolats. In fact, I see players using an array of racquets. This has existed forever. Sampras used a small headed racquet, very similar to Federer's. Agassi used an oversize racquet. There's not one racquet for everybody.
     
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  3. Devilito

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    Ignore federer and nadal. The top 5 are like in a different sport from the rest of the field. Imagine a player that just hit the top 100, is finally able to afford fries with his burger, gets a call from babolat, “Hey, so what’s your favorite racquet?”, “Wilson, why?”….. “well how about if we offered you $100,000/ year to use babolat?”…. “did I say Wilson? I meant Babolat!.... so when will the check get here?”
     
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  4. dje31

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    TaylorMade also has a huge "pay-to-play" / "tee-it-up" incentive on the PGA tour. HUGE marketing / sponsorship budget. Pros may have another sponsor brand on their hat, bag, etc., but put a TM driver in there.

    Lots of pros need the extra income, and their sponsorship contract often allows other brands in the bag. Hard to blame them.

    Plus, drivers are used, essentially, for one shot: off the tee, booming down the fairway. Okay, sometimes they use them for relief on a free drop, using the longest club in the bag.

    Tennis players use one racquet for all shots...at least they used to. I seem to recall, in the not-too-distant past, folks who play singles would, on occasion, come to net to volley, but that may be an urban myth.
     
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  5. ollinger

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    "I believe this hypothetical question answers any doubt...." intones the OP. How, kind sir, can a hypothetical quesion ever resolve doubt?? Look up the definition of "question."
     
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  6. amx13

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    I would say both of them would struggle with each frame, Nadal would hardly generate the same spin and power with the wilson, and Federer would hardly keep the ball on the court with the babolat. Those frame are as opposed as can be in terms of feel, so getting used to them would be really hard on both players.
     
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  7. TheCheese

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    I think Federer's game would translate much better to Nadal's racket than the other way around.
     
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    ^^^ TheCheese speaks the truth. Word up.
     
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  9. Stevo Karlovic

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    My man, since you only have the ability to read words and not their meanings, I'll elaborate in a more conservative way to appease your narrow-mindedness: "I believe this hypothetical question answers any doubt", is to suggest that all those reading the "what if (?)", would render the same determination - that being Nadal would have very little success wielding Federer's racquet.

    Now, do you have anything to offer in response to the content of my original post? Not that you hadn't already understood the angle perfectly fine, but decided to wax elitism and mindfully take the low-road.
     
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  10. Praetorian

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    Federer would still be ranked where he is, +/- 2 spots. Nadal would drop out of the top 100, and concentrate on online poker.
     
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  11. hoodjem

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    So how would Nadal's game translate to a wooden racquet with a 66 sq. in. head-size, and natural gut strings?
     
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  12. mikeespinmusic

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    That's crazy talk..... Back to the nut house for you!

    :p
     
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  13. brage tennis

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    if they switched rackets Federer would hit everything long and nadal would frame like crazy!
     
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  14. Relinquis

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    I'm pretty sure federer could lead up the babolat close to his required weight and balance. might be a little stiff and uncomfortable though.

    could be a bigger adjustment for nadal, but i think he could still hit a heavy ball. might have to adjust to a different launch angle or end up going for more extreme angles instead of his normally loopy shots. he might also find that he can just blast people off the court and shorten points by driving the ball more. i don't think it will change his style materially. would probably be very similar or the same results in their head to head.

    i think, for nadal, the adjustment will be more psychological than anything else.
     
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  15. struggle

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    Nadal would still pick his *** and sniff his hand before every serve.

    Fed would still never give his winning opponent any credit, claiming if he had played better he wouldn't have lost.

    nothing would change.
     
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  16. SwankPeRFection

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    For those of you who think Fed can't hit like Nadal simply because of the racquet... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDNRNv5FBC0

    Ya, can you imagine how boring that will be to watch 3+ hours of that bs going back and forth?
     
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  17. The Meat

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    With a bigger racquet Federer would still be hitting the same shots, only less shanking. ;)

    Also, why bump an old thread, that is a clone of several other threads?

    Might as well bump the older original thread, linking it to this bump. Bumpception.
     
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  18. SwankPeRFection

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    lol, ya, that'll help with the mishits. :rolleyes:

    And this is hardly an old thread. You act like this thread was created in 2011 or something.
     
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  19. SuperHead

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    It would be really awesome if they swapped rackets.
     
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  20. Lukhas

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    Nadal's not going to like Fed's racquet if it happens, despite the open pattern. Not sure Fed would like a head heavy but lighter one either though. Would kill his net play. Does the racquet switch includes the string switch? Because Federer has little to gain by going full poly.
     
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  21. Mick3391

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    I think Federer would be benefitted or at least play the same while Nadal would have trouble based on his game.

    Bab Aero with RPM blast, don't see how anyone could NOT like it. I can see how some may not like the 90, have owned them both.
     
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  22. dje31

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    Who are you people?! Get off my lawn, you rotten kids! Where are my meds?!
     
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