Federer's string tension?

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  1. jonas-the-ball-basher

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    I'm too lazy to search and rather prefer fresh answers on this question.
    I know he plays with a rather stiff frame, but when I see him play, it seems like his racquet really cups the ball and his racquet seems way more flexible than the specs show.
    Does this mean his strings are strung at some low tension or does he (which seems more unlikely to me) use a more flexible Wilson nCode nSix-One Tour/Original 6.0 58/95 version of this racquet?
     
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  2. tricky nicky

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    i'm too lazy to help point you in the right direction.

    lol.

    sorry jonas i couldnt resist.

    regards,

    tricky.
     
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  3. ajs72us

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    I am not lazy....

    23.5 and 25Kilos
     
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  4. ajs72us

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    The tension in lbs is....

    52-55.11 pounds. So you are absolutely correct, he does use string his racquets loose. Yet remember he does use a poly/gut mix and in doing so probably lowered his normal tension (if only used gut) by 1 or 2 lbs.
     
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  5. Lambsscroll

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    He plays with what some people call a hitters racquet which is considered a soft racquet. It seems throughout the tournaments his tension is around 55 which is in the middle of the tension range on his racquet.
     
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  6. THE ANIMAL

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    2 other things you’re missing out on he has pre stretch so this stiffens up the string bed considerably as well and Ron's 55lb string job on a Babolat constant pull electronic machine will be nice and tight. And one other thing he does have a 90 size head racket.
     
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  7. DoubleHanded&LovinIt

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    So all things being equal, an equivalent would be a little over 60 lbs. on a midplus frame?
     
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    I went to his fan site a while ago and someone asked this question and he replied that he uses different tension depending on surface or something like that
     
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  9. THE ANIMAL

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    This is his usual range that he strings at 27/25, to 26/24/ to 25/23.
     
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  10. Marius_Hancu

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    heard 53 to 58lbs, pretty much about what others posted.
     
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  11. djicha

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    Fed's String Job

    Hi,
    I play with the n6.1 tour, and i did a lot of looking around on the internet, and i found that wilson actually put out a couple hundred of federer's racquets, the identical ones, and it came with the strings he uses and the stringing instructions, here are the guidelines:

    Mains: Natural Gut at 44lbs.
    Crosses: Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough at 47lbs.

    He also uses string savers on the fourth cross string down, and starting on the fifth string over he skips every other main string, until he is 4 mains from the other side of the racquet.

    I have personally strung my racquets this same way and i like the feel. It makes the racquet much less stiff. Also, federer's swing speed is really high, so that is why his racquet appears to be more flexible.

    I hope this helps.
     
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  13. JW10S

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    Note that he answers a few question re: his strings and essentially says his tension varies depending on the surface, the temperature, the balls, how he is playing, and who he is playing--something I've posted several times that I do myself. He says his tension range is 4 kgs--which is significant. I'd be surprised if there are many, if any, pros who use the same string set up for every match they play throughout the year for the reasons Federer himself states. So when people answer these type of 'What is _______'s string set up?' posts with exact strings and tensions they are giving the set up for only a specific place and moment in time--not for every match the player plays.
     
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  14. BreakPoint

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    Actually, those were the Signature Limited Edition which came out only in Japan a couple of years ago but they were NOT identical to the racquet that Federer actually used. Note that Federer's actual racquet has the short handle pallet, whereas the Limited Edition has the longer handle pallet just like on the retail nCode 90. Federer was likely already using a K90 underneath his nCode 90 paintjob.
     
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