Federer's blacked out frame

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  1. JoelDali

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    Feds game is not conducive to a 98.

    I don't understand why people are so freaked out by him using a 90. It is the perfect stick for his style and game. Sure he is declining and doesn't matter at this point but he would never go bigger than 93/95.
     
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    Where is my boy BreakPoint?
     
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    It would be neat if he switched to the Blade 93.
     
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    The photo looks a little choppy near the racquet, but it looks like there are PWS blocks on the racquet.
     
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    If Pete Sampras can change to 100 sq inch Babolat and do Great in senior tour, then Roger can switch to bigger frame in the ATP tour and do Great too. and Pete had repeated admitted if he had these poly strings with these powerful babolat rackets, he would have done even better when he was still in tour.
     
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  6. NotEvenSemiPro

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    A thorough analysis

    I loaded the photo into my customized photoshop, enhanced the pixels of the racket, and ran some filters on them. At last, with some confidence, I can confirm that Fed's new racket is probably willow, with a core of dragon heartstring. Which is a complete shock, because as everyone knows Roger has always played with an Ash/Unicorn Hair combo. Can't wait to see what kind of Federer Magic he can unleash with this thing.
     
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  7. Bobby Jr

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    Wilson have never claimed anywhere Federer is using a 95" frame, nor have they used him in marketing any 95" frame as if he used it.
     
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  8. BreakPoint

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    Every version of the Tour 90 (and he's tested dozens of different versions over the past 11 years) have been blacked out.
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    I doubt Federer listens to anything Brad Gilbert says. Federer tests prototype racquets every year. That's part of his contract with Wilson. Wilson gives prototype racquets to their sponsored pros all the time for them to hit with to gather their feedback. They are on the Wilson advisory staff. That's one reason why Wilson pays them.
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    Why? Do you consistently get beat by opponents using Tour 90s? :shock:
     
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    Yeah, sure he will. All prototype racquets are painted black, so why would anyone assume Federer is hitting with a Blade? :confused:
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    Don't worry, he won't.

    He will switch to the ProStaff Six-One 93 long before he switches to any Blade frame.
     
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  13. Chico

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    As i said in the other thread.

    This is a great news if true. There will be lots of Pro Staff 90 racquets going on huge sales to a store near you soon.
    I will get myself couple of those beauties.

    As far as Fed is concerned I hope this is not true. Playing with Six-One 90 was his trade mark. Part of his legacy. Why change now?
     
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  14. BreakPoint

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    And Pete knows this because he owns a time machine and so can go back in time to replay all of his matches with a Babolat strung with poly to know for sure that he would have won even more matches? OK, I see.
     
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  15. cluckcluck

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    In the commercial where Fed was wearing a mustache, he was hitting with a Steam 99s before handing it to the other person in the commercial. I wonder if Wilson is custom making a 90 or 93 version of the Steam with similar weight and balance specs but with the open string pattern???? That does seem somewhat plausible.
     
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    At least this could finally explain why he is playing these clay tournaments all of a sudden. A good way to get used to the racket
     
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  17. BreakPoint

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    Or he just wants to make sure he racks up enough race points to qualify for the WTF at the end of the year?
     
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  18. DownTheLineWith90

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    I was actually reading this with all seriousness.
    Until, ofcourse, you bring out the HP reference.
    I don't even.. :mad:
     
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  19. DownTheLineWith90

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    I really don't think Fed is trying out a completely different racket with a different headsize, width, and string pattern.
    I'm sure it's some additional B$ "technology" like amplifeel from Wilson that he just wanted to try.
    Because we all know that he's been using the K90 under, right? :-|
     
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  20. High street sw19

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    Not as big as Shriver or Gene Meyer's !
     
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    Is that usual for him? I can see why both tournaments might be important to him, but, all the same isn't now the time to prepare for the last major of the year? Gstaad used to be the week after Wimbledon and Hamburg was of course before Wimbledon.
     
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    Here's a better picture of the frame:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Hey, That sure looks like Wilson Blade
     
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  24. DownTheLineWith90

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    Oh my god.
    That's a blade.
     
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  25. Rusty669

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    Yep, no PWS and a different throat. Looks like a blade.
    Will be interesting to see what racket he comes out with for his first match on Wednesday, but I guess it'll be the Pro Staff
     
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  26. Rusty669

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    But the Blade 93 has a 18/20 string pattern right?!
    I counted 16 mains on that pic, but it is not too easy to count I must say....
     
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  27. Chico

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    There are 16 mains indeed on that picture. Counted carefully.

    [​IMG]
     
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  29. DownTheLineWith90

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    The new blade has two different versions, as I'm sure you're aware Rusty.
    Well, his prostaff does have a 16x19, so why choose a 18x20 when he has a choice?
     
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  30. Hankenstein

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    I think it actually looks a bit like the Steam 99
     
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  31. McLovin

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    In this day & age of digital photography, why are the only two photos of Fed & his blacked out racquet reminiscent of this photo?:

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    Can no one get a series of nice, clear shots of this frame?
     
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  32. Jeepers

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    Are you implying that the racket Federer is trying is actually a man in a suit?
     
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  34. McLovin

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    Another grainy photo!

    Someone tell whoever is taking those pics that the 1990s called and they want their camera phone back:

    [​IMG]
     
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  35. Rusty669

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    But only the Blade 98 has two different versions of string patterns right?
    I thought he would use the Blade 93(which only comes in 18/20)!
    Going by that he is using the Blade 98 in the 16/19 in that photo!
    That would be quite a jump in headsize...
     
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  36. Pistol Pete

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    ..........
     
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  37. Lukhas

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    ^He changed from full gut to gut mains/poly crosses for more spin. Why would he use a denser pattern that limits spin?
     
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  38. gavna

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    as you can see from the pics all over twitter and Facebook it's at least a Blafe mold. He was seen hitting with both a 98 and 104 all week.
     
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  39. Lukhas

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    104? Are you sure?

    Then he's probably playtesting for Wilson. Too much of a gap to use it consistently in matches.
     
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  40. Rusty669

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    What do you know,Pete??:)
    It seems like you have some inside info that we don't!
     
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    Wilson Blade BLX 93?

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  43. gavna

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    Players often test sticks nothing new. Roger has been very very good about not being seen in public with different sticks. Here this week he is seen with both larger Blade models and open about it.

    Last scuttlebutt is he's hitting with a Blade 98 and 18x20 pattern - now you have pics showing up with same. I have a friend working at the Hamburg event and he told me it was a 93? We will know soon enough.
     
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  44. Bartelby

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    Federer supposedly tests all sorts of racquets for Wilson so i don't think we are going to get a TW 'switch moment'.
     
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    someone get that guy a better camera...
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  48. DownTheLineWith90

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    Hahaha!
    Bobby I love how you just ignored the fact that the twitter guy didn't even catch the fact that the frame didn't even belong to the prostaff family, but instead went on to criticize him for saying that it was a HPS.
     
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    What is Breakpoint going to do now?
     
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  50. DownTheLineWith90

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    Stop doing what he's been doing since 2004 in 35k posts.
    Arguing.
    No offense.
     

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