Why do people say Federer needs a bigger racquet whenever he loses...........

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  1. dr325i

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    One right off the bat would be that Federer had plush childhood and top notch coaching/training. Lendl -- not so much -- growing up and trining in Czechoslovakia at that time was nothing like Switzerland. And, he achieved a lot in an extremely tough competition environment.

    Using simple words: Spoiled vs. not so much...
     
  2. Praetorian

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    Yes.. but if Agassi was born in 1985 and took advantage of the technology and advanced training techniques now used by the top pros, Nadal probably wouldn't have won one. The power of what-ifs...
     
  3. Praetorian

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    QFT...
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  4. KHSOLO

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    The "shanker" finished the year with what 70-10 ratio?
     
  5. jokinla

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    This is your list of the "many career achievements and milestones" of Lendl's that Fed is trying to catch up to?
     
  6. Bobby Jr

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    Yeah, I left replying to that post to you. It was a doozie of irrelevancy huh? :lol:
     
  7. sunof tennis

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    How in the world does that make Lendl a better tennis player? Frankly, this argument is a complete red herring. You don't list their respective records for the obvious reason that Roger's accomplishments dwarf Lendl's. You don't go through a stroke analaysis because everyone of Roger's strokes is better than Lendl's. Instead you try to divert the argument by talking about their respective childhood environments
     
  8. dr325i

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    That is the base for everything else, btw. You will learn that once you grow up and have kids of your own...

    IMO, you cannot compare the two -- totally different times, totally different competition, totally different strokes.
    We can speculate what if. One thing for sure, Federer would not have 17 Slams in his pocket if he were playing during Lendl's generation...

    That is why the whole GOAT discussion is absolute waste of time

    EX: 2012 BMW (F30) runs faster, smoother, corners better, sounds and looks better than 1989 BMW (E30), but every car enthusiast knows which one to enjoy better... Different generations and standrds...
     
  9. jokinla

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    Of course, which is why neither him nor the other guy has listed the "many" achievements Fed is trying to catch, what a joke, but that pretty much sums up this place.
     
  10. Bobby Jr

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    Well, he'd likely have all of Lendl's US Opens, plus Becker's from 89, Sampras' first one, McEnroe's from 84, Connor's from 82 and 83 and for sure Wilander's from 88. Give or take the odd anomaly Federer would have 7 or 8 US Opens.

    One thing for sure also is Federer would also have Wilander's 88 Aussie Open and probably his 83 and 84 wins on grass too. Kreik's two Aussie Opens would be Federer's too, as would Lendl's from 89 and 90. That's 7 Aussie Opens right there - for sure - perhaps more if he snuck another off Edberg at Kooyong.

    Wimbledon... you think a 17 year old Becker would beat Federer? Dream on. Or Cash? One of Edberg's wasn't particularly legendary also... That's 4 Wimbledon's right there for sure without even going back to McEnroe or Connors' in the early 80s.

    French Open? Well, for sure he's got Noah, Chang and Gomez's titles without even needing to change his shirt. They were lucky chump champions there without doubt.

    All this is without even being overly ambitious in the early 80s or commandeering either of Edberg's 2 Wimbledon titles or any of Wilander, Borg or Lendl's French Open titles.

    We know for sure, for sure, that Federer would smoke a stack of majors off the historic title holders in the 80s. It's pretty much a given.

    So, you're correct. Federer would not have 17 slams in his pocket if he played in Lendl's generation. He'd have 20 or more.
     
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  11. Borrelli

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    Borg eh? I think that might be pushing it a little, considering he can't beat Nadal on clay and many believe that Borg was equal or even better.
     
  12. Tennusdude

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    It seems when Federer gets nervous he hits his forehand out by at least 2 feet at times. It would seem if he had a bigger frame he would be able to hit them out by at least 3 feet. Just a thought. :)
     
  13. Bobby Jr

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    Perhaps you should read what I wrote again. It says: "All this is without even being overly ambitious in the early 80s or commandeering ... any of Wilander, Borg or Lendl's French Open titles."

    I.e. not taking any of Borg's titles on clay.
     
  14. Wilander

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    Its getting harder with every year. Never have so many players trained professionelly. For Lendl half of his early round matches have been like a walk in the park. Today the top-guys cant take the first rounds easy, as they would be in troubles soon. The difference from a player ranked 100 to a guy ranked 10, has become closer every year. To say it was harder during Lendl's time, is wrong.
     
  15. sunof tennis

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    Wow. Reading your post would be a shock to my eldest daughers who are in their 20s.
    It is not my fault you can't come up with any facts to support your erroneous assertion that Lendl was a better player than Federer. Further, I have never heard any tennis expert make such a claim. Most experts don't even place Lendl in the same tier of greatness as Federer, Laver, Sampras, Borg.
    I don't disagree that there is a difficulty in comparing players accross generations which is one of the reasons I don't believe that Federer is the undisputed GOAT. However, Federer started his career with a PS85 with gut strings which is not very different from the racquets that Lendl played with in the late 80s. Never saw Lendl do the things that Roger can do with the ball.
     
  16. jokinla

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    Which is exactly why I laugh when people try and compare Laver to Fed, he certainly wasn't facing the type of competition early on that Fed is, not to mention he won 3 of his 4 on grass, certainly something Fed could have done numerous times.
     
  17. PrimeChoice

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    Fed did switch to a bigger racquet
     
  18. PrimeChoice

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    used to play w/ 85 when a kid
     
  19. dimeaxe

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    Nole suggests...this one
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  20. PrimeChoice

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    b/c they are little babies who cannot understand the sport.
    It's somthing to say
    It fills the gaps in the silence
     
  21. gplracer

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    Federer shanks balls because he hits so early on the rise so much. Also, a shank on a 90 inch frame still would not be a good shot on a 95 inch frame. For us it might make a difference but not for him.
     
  22. Mick

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    >>Why do people say Federer needs a bigger racquet whenever he loses...........<<

    probably because all the players that Federer have lost to have used bigger racquets :)
     
  23. Povl Carstensen

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    Perhaps players with a loosing h2h with Federer should change to a smaller racket.
     
  24. BreakPoint

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    Yes, because Lendl won 17 Slams during his career. :???: He didn't even win HALF as many!

    Oh, and Lendl dominated men's tennis with a 72 sq. in. racquet so CLEARLY Lendl needed a 98 sq. in. racquet in order to compete. :???:
     
  25. BreakPoint

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    So have all the players that Federer has beaten. :)
     
  26. lendlmac

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    The writing is on the wall!

    If Federer wants to compete with the younger kids with bigger frames, he has to uprade! He wont be Dimitrov, Wrawrinka, Dolgopolov and all the young kids at his avanced aged.

    Dimitrov, with cramps, easily dispatched the world' #1 player with cramps, while Djoker was 100% healthy! Federer needs a bigger raquet!
     
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    Because they can't believe the idea that the GOAT should ever lose. Federer has some REALLY delusional fans.
     
  28. vandre

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    you do know that fed owns a 13-1 h2h vs. wawrinka (he's beaten stan 13 times and lost only once) so i think he's competing just fine against him. he's 1-0 versus dolgo (fed's won the only time they've played). fed and baby fed have never squared off in a match yet so who knows how that will go down

    we do all understand that a larger racquet is not the fountain of youth, correct? like someone else posted, shanks off a 90 in stick don't automatically turn into screaming winners with a 95. any time there is a bump up in headsize there is a slight chance that the serve might be negatively affected (it was rumored aa shaved a couple of inches off his sticks near the end of his career to try to get more out of his serve). is that worth risking some cheap and easy points off the serve?
     
  29. BreakPoint

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    So why isn't the logical conclusion that Djokovic also needs to switch to a bigger racquet? :confused:
     
  30. sureshs

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    ^^^ Creative arguments are not going to help Federer at this point. He has to switch.
     
  31. BreakPoint

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    I agree. I'm a big advocate of Federer switching back to the PS 6.0 85. So much more accuracy and control.
     
  32. Povl Carstensen

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    Or at least go back to 25 kg tension.
     
  33. jackcrawford

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    I used to say he should switch after he had a bad patch, but after he won Wimbledon last year I finally figured out he must know what frame is best for him:wink:
     
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  35. monfed

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    I do believe Fed could use a bigger racquet,what's he got to lose? Try something different,who knows he may feel more in control of the rallies against the grinders.
     
  36. Carolina Racquet

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    So funny reading all of the comments from the armchair quarterbacks in the forum.

    Don't you think a legend like Federer knows what kind equipment he needs?

    Yeah, once in a while he shanks a few backhands. The answer is 5-10 more inches in frame size? Hardly.

    Let him keep winning 90+% of his matches, even at age 31, and just enjoy watching him while we can.
     
  37. Povl Carstensen

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    A setup that brought him more or less the best resume in tennis history?
     
  38. mightyrick

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    He should have done this two years ago. I don't think he should have went to a 100 sq. in. head, but going to the PS95 would have been great.

    His serve these days needs more pop. I've played with both the PS90 and PS95. The PS90 has *zero* power. You have to be a liquid whip with iron wrists to create any action while serving using that stick.

    I strongly feel if he used the 95, he wouldn't have to push his back so hard on the serve. I bet he'd add 5mph... which would do wonders for him. More power in the racquet means less energy expended by the body to make up for it.

    Roger hates changing things, though. I guess he can hardly be blamed given his results.

    But that PS90 has seriously taken a toll on his body.
     
  39. BreakPoint

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    Most people say they can serve better with smaller racquets than with larger racquets, myself included. That's why the PS 6.0 85 is still one of the best serving racquets ever. The Dunlop AG100 (90 sq. in.) is also a great serving racquet, as is the K90. It's also why Phillipoussis could serve just as big with a 65 sq. in. wood racquet as he could with his regular graphite racquet.
     
  40. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    Apparently he trimmed his hair to make the racquet look bigger.

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  41. 2Hare

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    You have to play it leaded up at 12 like Federer and use gut/alu rough at low 50s or you haven't used PS90 at all! At this setup, PS90 is a completely different beast! It's so much more powerful and spinny. It's a very string sensitive racquet.

    As for if Federer should've switched to a bigger head. I don't think so. That would require him changing years of muscle memory and tactics fitted for the racquet. It's hard for a recreational player, I can imagine that it's even harder for a pro who used the racquet since he's a teenager.
     
  42. Harry_Wild

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    Oh for shame - Federer is still ranked what - #3 in the world!

    I feel for his downfall!
     
  43. BreakPoint

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    Another old post of mine. ^^^

    Well, looks like I was right about Federer's shanking. :)
     
  44. scotus

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    Why, how many shanks did Federer hit?
     
  45. BreakPoint

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    It seemed like a lot more than he used to shank with his 90. Even with the 98, it seemed like he shanked at least once or maybe twice per game.
     
  46. scotus

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    I haven't watched his matches since the racquet switch, but forgive me if I am reluctant to trust your account of how many shanks he is hitting now vs in the past based on what "seems" to you.

    Anyway, stuff your childish celebrations for now and get back to me in a few months when Federer has had the time to adjust to the new frame.
     
  47. BreakPoint

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    Seriously, you need to watch the matches. Or at least go though the match threads and the other threads in this gear forum about his racquet switch. I'm not the only one talking about his shaking. Heck, I didn't even mention it until all these other people kept bringing it up.

    Here's one thread for example: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=470730

    And I said "seems" because, no, I don't sit around and count the exact number of shanks he hits per match for every match throughout his career.

    To "adjust" to this new frame to stop shanking would mean he needs to change something about the way he hits the ball with the new frame. Heck, if he could do that, he would have changed something about the way he hits the ball with his old frame to stop shanking.
     
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  48. Praetorian

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    LOL... as opposed to the childish celebrations, of posters, for just about switching to a racket even before even playing a match. I just find hilarious.:):):)
     
  49. paulcd77

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    from watching the practice clips and his matches vs. hajek and mayer, it's clear that he has changed something. he's had to adjust his swing to compensate for the differences in the new racquet compared to the old. the adjustments are subtle, but they're there.

    i don't see any relevance in all the arguments/debates about racquet size, composition, physics, etc. people are naive to believe that another racquet will drastically improve federer's fortunes. the issue is much more basic. federer isn't the player he once was, and djokovic and murray (and others) have either hit or are reaching their primes. during wimbledon, patrick mcenroe noted the increasing parity in the game, that "the big four" aren't nearly as formidable in the minds of the rest of the tour players as they once were. tennis is as much psychological (some would say more) as it is physical, and federer's attempted racquet switch is evidence of that. many will judge (they've been doing so a lot around here already, which is ridiculous) whether the change is a net positive or not based on the match results. he's ultimately the only one who can answer that question, and his barometer is likely going to include factors other than his win-loss record.

    (btw, mr. prokes' outrageous predictions aside, the Wall Street Journal article being cited in other threads offers a lucid perspective.)
     
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  50. HRB

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    You really struggle with this???

    Now you kinda make sense to me since I read this idiotic statement: "Isn't the rationale here that the winner is using the superior racquet"...Now I kinda understand most of your dumb stubborn post all over this board maniacally defending Roger sticking with a stick "spec" that has proven to be outdated (NEWS FLASH...that is what we call a fact, when less than 15% of a given sports professionals use something, that defines OUTDATED!!!!!

    In short..NO ..that is not the rationale..the rationale is that the winner played better, or at least good enough to win. If people had that rationale, they'd be changing sticks every damn tourney when someone beats them.

    The actual reason for mentioning the stick switch is it is ATTAINABLE change that may prolong a career and take care of some deficiencies as Roger ages. Roger realizes that SAMPRES REGRETTED NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY NEW STICKS (then again, you'll ignore that because Roger has a few more slams...like a fool..LMAO).

    He CAN'T...get younger, quicker, and have more drive and hunger (kinda tough when you've won everything to win), but he CAN experiment with equipment...so THAT is why it is suggested.

    Apparently the mere thought of Roger changing something gets your panties all in a bind! CHANGE HAPPENS DEAL WITH IT.

    Damn...this is chuck full of logic, you sooo hate that...looking forward to your dumb-***, stubborn, can't ever admit you're wrong response.
     

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