Verdasco and Babolat

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  1. RBBRT

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  2. Devilito

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    he's still on tour?
     
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  3. RodSmooth

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    Wait what?

    C'mon

    He couldn't go with prince or something? Smh
     
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    APD? Hmmmmm
     
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    What was his former racket?
     
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  6. uk_skippy

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    He's been testing various Babolat frames, along with Head ones too.

    Regards

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  7. ART ART

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    And he did also tested the Almagro and Robredo racket.

    Let's wait and see the final choice...
     
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    Why won't tecnifbre take him back? Unless he is even sick of his major bullit elite now as well....
     
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  9. Crisp

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    I imagine testing like this goes on quite a bit. I can remember Roman Prokes saying at a conference I once attended that Agassi used to try out every major rivals racquet because he wanted to know what he felt so that he knew how to hurt him on court. Verdasco is obviously not doing this but looking for a new frame himself. I think he should go home to Tecni, his best results were with them and he was definitely comfortable, even if he has to takes pay cut... Back yourself in and get the results.
     
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    Rafa let him borrow a racquet I see.
     
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    Babolat makes sense for his game. Loopy forehand and APD go hand-in-hand.
     
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    Didn't he try switching to a Yonex a few years back? I think he played a couple of tournaments with the RDiS 200, then went back to his old frames.

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    Yeah, here we go, back in 2010:

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  13. edwincen

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    I watched him playing good with rdis200, and win some tournament.
    Maybe $$ matter put him away from it.
     
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    Can't believe money kept him away from YY. they're notorious for paying big bucks for racquet deals.
     
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    True. Plus, as edwincen said, he won the tournament with it!
     
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    Nope, no RPM Blast..
     
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    That doesn't mean it isn't necessarily Rafa's frame.
     
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  18. kimguroo

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    Who was hitting with verdasco in that pic?
    Probably Nadal??? They practiced together at French open and there is a pic of nadal holding a verdasco's racket. Possibly verdasco was just hitting with some of nadal's or his team's babolat racket to feel.

    Yep. It was funny that verdasco won tournament with Yonex then switches to dunlop. After he went dunlop, his name is almost forgotten.
    Can't blame that pros follow $$$ instead of right equipment.

    I think I saw verdasco practiced with head rackets a few week or months ago....
     
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  19. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    True, a test without his own string is worth nothing. You think it's possible he just borrowed a frame from Nadal and let the RG string team string it with a BB orignal?
     
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    Doubtful. I was only speculating. I would be more inclined to believe that he tried one that was modified to the specs of his current racket to do a direct comparison.
     
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    The Babolat rqts he was using were for him, and not borrowed from Rafa. He tried several different Babolat frames, all strung with BBO. Some were also pro stock i.e. without cortex

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    Yes I would think so as well, Nadals' frame is tweaked to his demands and this probably won't suit Verdasco.

    So I guess he did acquire a frame from Babolat for testing then. Maybe he's already done with Dunlop? I think it's strange that almost only Spanish players use them btw.
     
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  23. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Ok thanks, I was just coming to the same conclusion.
     
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    Not conclusion, fact. I saw the rqts he was testing.

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    Since, given his recent form, he's headed to being a doubles' specialist, maybe he should be borrowing rackets from the Bryans... :)

    Does he really need the power of a Babolat?
     
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    Can;'t beat em,, join em. Now he is ready for top 10 in the world. I just hope he can control that power.
     
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    = Gonzalez w/ control?
    Potentially.
     
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  28. Wilander

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    playing the Babocrap in Eastbourne vs Dolg
     
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  29. Wilander

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    but no stencil and no babolat-bag. he has a dunlop-bag. :)
     
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    can hardly win a point :)
     
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    Poor control....he looks like a nobody with that stick
     
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    His last switch from Tecnifibre to Dunlop was a disaster. Took him a very long time to get the dunlop right. Even after that I never thought he was the same. He should have never switched in the first place. Some players seem more sensitive to their sticks and strings and he seems to be one of them. Other than the sponsorship paycheck, I can't see this going well for his game.
     
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    lost first set 16 won the secod 63 seems like he´s using the APD 2013
     
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    seems to have limitless power with that racquet.
    but this match has been gifted to him by dolgopolov who has had one of those horrible days...
     
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    16 63 62 horrible match!
     
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  36. BreakPoint

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    I'm watching Verdasco play Lopez on Tennis Channel right now and Verdasco is definitely using a Babolat. Looks like it might be an APD through all the fog, but what do I know about Babolat racquets?
     
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    he used dunlop before.
     
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  38. thesokin

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    Yes, he used a Babolat racquet but he also had a black/red Dunlop bag...
     
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  39. niktub

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    same as Berdych before he switched to Head.
    Nothing is confirmed with Verdasco(+ who cares)
     
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    he's playing with Dunlop again at Wimbledon though
     
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  41. Wilander

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    no. he plays with the babolat and this time its not blacked out anymore.
     
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  42. Sir Andrew of Roddick

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    Hey, I'm watching Verdasco play Benneteau right this second and while it's on serve early in the first, Fernando is definitely striking the ball very well with the APD. I've always thought that particular racquet would serve him well (no pun), my question obviously is what exactly is he playing with? I couldn't imagine he would run with Cortex and he's no doubt had it weighted. Anybody know anything? I know there are people on here capable of pulling some magic out of the spec bag and any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  43. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Yes and he just hit a 97 mph forehand with 3700 rpm (info from hawk eye) in the tie break against Benneteau. He won the tie break 7-1, so I think this stick suits him.
     
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  44. giver deaner

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    Pics? Or it isn't real.
     
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  45. Sir Andrew of Roddick

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    He played some seriously impressive tennis today. It was not the easiest match for him and those first two breakers were key, he controlled them and kept the pressure on Benneteau all the way. The APD fits his game perfectly, I think I would be right in saying he has moved up a few square inches in headsize too in making the transition to that stick? If he can keep this level up (and that is of course dependent on his mental standpoint) he will not be easy to beat. Look for him to face Murray in the Quarters if he makes it. That could be a blinder a la Australian Open 2009.
     
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    Verdasco will get back to top 10 with this new found power and great racket.
     
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  47. Ross K

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    So what sort of mods do ppl imagine (or know) he's got on that Bab?
     
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    Correction now it took 60 sec since stupid yahoo did not let me hotlink...
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  49. RoddickistheMan

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    I dont know why he didn't switch to this racquet sooner. He hits a similar ball to nadal with slightly less topspin and hits a nasty kick serve. This is a good match for him. However, he needs to get rid of that awful haircut lol
     
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    Nice one dgoran.
     
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