Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava
New Delhi: Like any out of form player would do, Swiss legend Roger Federer is trying his best to get back into his rhythm. But the results aren’t going his way, as he witnessed another early exit from a Grand Slam.
In the US Open, a Grand Slam which he won for five consecutive years, the 32-year-old once again suffered a shocking defeat, this time against Spaniard Tommy Robredo who defeated him in straight sets - 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4.
Prior to the tournament, Federer finally decided to experiment with a new racket, which meant giving up on his 90-inch racket that won him 17 majors. But Federer realised he needed a better sweet spot and a racket that could add more power to his shots and thus he switched to a 98-inch racket but it wasn’t easy for him to adapt to the new tool.
Playing with the new racket, Federer lost in the semis in Hamburg against a player ranked 114th, and a week later, he was ousted in the first match in Gstaad.
Federer decided to switch to his old racket for the US Open, and with unfavourable results, the Swiss might switch back to his new racket experiment.
Probably, it is now more about the mindset for Federer. Someone recently said that when he plays well, he can pummel opponents by playing with a broomstick.
After yet another loss in a Grand Slam, it would be interesting to see how long will Federer experiment with the new racket.