Roger Federer: I Need To Win Matches, I Need To Build My Confidence (Does He Have A New Racquet?)
by Tom Gainey | July 15th, 2013, 9:13 pm
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Roger Federer met the press Monday in Hamburg and the Swiss star revealed that he made the decision to play the event the day after his shock second round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon.

“I think this decision was made very quickly the day after Wimbledon,” Federer told the German press today. “I thought, what are my options now? Do I need more practice? Do I need more matches? What does my heart say? I really wanted to play some more matches.”

Hamburg tournament director and fellow Wimbledon champion Michael Stich did the honors giving Federer, a 4-time champion their, a wildcard to get into the draw.

Federer also pointed out that his decision was influenced by the need for more match play and more confidence. Roger is still playing a reduced schedule but he hasn’t been reaching finals, so he hasn’t been playing as many matches as he’s in prior years.

“Right now I just want to win a lot of matches, hopefully win a couple of tournaments and then sort of build confidence and go from there into the hard courts,” Federer said.

On the court, there’s been much speculation, especially on twitter, that Federer is debuting a new, larger racquet this week in Hamburg. Federer has long used one of the smallest frames on the tour, but as his skills diminish a larger head size could prove beneficial, some suggest.

At Wimbledon Federer was using a mostly white frame, the Wilson BLX 90 ProStaff. In practice at Hamburg the frame he is using is clearly black.

With his family back home, Federer landed Sunday in Hamburg and hit with friend Tommy Haas. Then he reportedly went for a steak dinner and a movie!

The 5th-ranked Federer faces Daniel Brands in the second round on Wednesday. Brands is the German who played Rafael Nadal very tough at the French Open. Next week Roger will return to Switzerland to play in Gstaad.

Federer practice with black racquet:


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8 Comments for Roger Federer: I Need To Win Matches, I Need To Build My Confidence (Does He Have A New Racquet?)

Vidzy Says:

Federer must win one of these two clay events !


metan Says:

Roger is so honest with his interview. Hope he will win and it gives consolation after losing in Wimbledon.

Although, he has nothing to proof anymore on the courts imo.


grendel Says:

“On the court, there‚Äôs been much speculation, especially on twitter, that Federer is debuting a new, larger racquet this week in Hamburg.”

McEnroe was pushing this line, several times I heard him over the course of Wimbledon, that Federer should consider changing rackets. But is there any word from the horse’s mouth?


RIPTENNIS Says:

Not making finals-ummmm. Check your sources.

Diminishing skills-he still has the skill.

Try be a little less biased next time


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Rogers a smart cookie,he and his team know exactly what they are doing,hes at the stage in his career where everything is gravy,and he can relax and enjoy his tennis,although i dont suppose he will be content been an also ran,so testing the water with a new raquet could be looking for a new strategy when it comes to the other top players,so it will be interesting to see what unfolds.


van orten Says:

he confirmed today that he has a new racquet with bigger head to ensure more power in his groundstrokes


van orten Says:

translated from sport.ch

Federer:” Yes, I have a new racket”
Roger Federer has confirmed during a conference call ahead of the ATP tournament in Gstaad, he will move to Wimbledon to a new club, “Yes, I have a new racquet He has a larger clubhead..” The maestro had tested the new racket since the unfortunate departure in England. “So far it’s going great. I feel that I can now easily develop power,” says the 17-time Grand Slam winner.


metan Says:

Perfect time to test it!
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