Originally Posted by Broly4
Prestige is what is at stake in the title of this tread.
The preference of a smaller head has to do with feel and game style, not so much with perfomance, no modern player (heavy topspin) could play better with an 85-90 racquet than with an 95-100 (all other specs being equal). On the other hand, if you have a classic game style, it's possible that you get not only better feel but also a better performance from a mid head size racquet.
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Federer and Safin do OK with 90" and 93" racket heads with the modern game. Federer's spin rate is not as high as Nadal's but Federer's spin rate is higher than most other pros. Federer also has the best touch and precision I have ever, ever seen.