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Roger Federer training in Dubai, still testing larger racket head frames

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Roger Federer reached the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer reached the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the season. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview with his sponsor Credit Suisse Bank, Roger Federer revealed that he has resumed testing larger rackets. Federer experimented with a 98-square-inch frame for two post-Wimbledon clay-court tournaments but switched back to his usual 90-square-inch head for the rest of the season.

Asked about testing rackets with bigger heads again, Federer said: “I will, for sure. Because this summer’s tests don’t tell us much because I wasn’t able to play properly in Hamburg and Gstaad because of my back problems.”

Federer has skipped his usual offseason exhibitions in favor of a full training block in Dubai to prepare for the 2014 season.

“I can see no reason why I shouldn’t play better again in 2014, and have some great wins,” Federer said. “I have still got some major goals, because I certainly haven’t forgotten how to play tennis; after all, I was still number one in the fall of 2012, and at the end of the season, once my back was better, my results also improved. I reached the final in Basel and the semi-finals at Paris-Bercy and the World Tour Finals, and beat top-10 players without playing my best tennis. If my serve or my forehand had been a bit more solid, the results could have been much better.”

Last month, Novak Djokovic blamed Federer’s movement for his subpar season. Federer sustained a back injury in the spring that limited his training schedule, and he struggled through the season to get fit.

“What he says is true,” Federer said of Djokovic’s comments. “But it would also be strange if I could move wonderfully and at my best after a year when I couldn’t train enough and in between times lost quite a bit of my self-confidence. I don’t feel that I am as fast as in my best years, either. But despite that I can still compete with the best. That makes me feel positive.”

Federer split from coach Paul Annacone after the U.S. Open and may not hire a new coach. He says he’s comfortable with the team he has, and his positive end to the season has injected some much-needed energy into his training.

“By the end, everyone around me was talking positively again, the mood was much better than in the summer,” Federer said. “That boosts my morale for the coming year, and it’s a big relief. The fun has definitely returned.”

  • Published On Dec 03, 2013
  • 6 comments
    abigchocoholic
    abigchocoholic

    Hey Fed is the GOAT but get real.  The only thing that would save him would be testing out his 2007 legs.  Anyone who watched Dj run down Nadal's best shots at the ATP finals and rip them back as if it were easy knows these 2 have taken tennis to another level. 

    robertbradf
    robertbradf

    Dubai’s GDP saw its biggest jump in 2006 when overall Real GDP grew by 27.5% year-over-year (YoY). Construction, Transportation & Communication and Real Estate led the way in terms of YoY growth. Construction grew 87% YoY followed by Transportation & Communication at 79.5% and Real Estate at 50%. The share of these segments as a part of overall GDP grew 3.8%, 3.6% and 2.7% respectively.http://bit.ly/1jouB3Q

    Sam parikh
    Sam parikh

    devastaing news from federer that he is coming back and coming back stronger and better, and rafa and his camp has to be devastated as roger will win more slams and novak playing like he did in 2011 going on a streak against rafa nadal again only this time novak will win 10 in a row and take the head to head good luck to the great rafa nadal!

    Sam parikh
    Sam parikh

    The fun for federer has returned and the nitemare for the great rafa nadal has just got started....now losing two tournaments in a row to novak in straight sets and rafa playing his best now that has to be worrisome! and on top of it roger will win another slam next year just to give the great rafa nadal even more headaches 

    edlaxrom
    edlaxrom

    @Sam parikh In 2014 Nadal will win at least one grand slam. Fed has a chance in 2014 to win Wimby and Djoko the Australian Open. The two GOATS are Fed and Nadal. Djoko has still a long way to go though he is catching up fast. Comparing Nadal and Djoko: Nadal leads in Grand Slams 13-6 and in H2H  22-17.


    mangstadt
    mangstadt

    @Sam parikh Rafa can't play his best on hard court indoor. He does it as best as he can on that surface but it's far from his 'best' (which is on clay and on hard court outdoor). 2014 may be one of those infrequent years in which we see one player win all four majors. But there are only two players who could do that right now. If Nadal wins the Australian Open, watch out!!!