Roger Federer: 'I never wanted to give up my way of being able to control the ball'

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Roger Federer: 'I never wanted to give up my way of being able to control the ball'

Roger Federer in addition to being one of the greatest tennis players in history is often considered as a man of undoubted qualities and gifted with different talents. However, given the importance the Swiss champion attaches to his privacy, not much is known about his life beyond the tennis courts.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion uses Wilson’s Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket. As the name suggests, this has a racket head of 97 square inches.

Federer on journey with Wilson over the years

In a conversation with Tennis Warehouse, Roger Federer spoke about his racket and how he has changed his rackets over the years.

“It’s been a journey that I have enjoyed, starting with Pete Sampras’ and Stefan Edberg’s racket. Times were different then. There was a lot of serve and volleying going on, fast court tennis and I started with that one too when I was 14 years old and l am still playing with Pro Staff today.

Its Pro Staff 97 RF autograph which is wonderful for me, of course, to have my own racket" - the Swiss Maestro explained. “I have had some changes, as you probably know, going from the 85 to the 90 and then to the 97.

So, I think that also shows perfectly how tennis has evolved, maybe surfaces have slowed down, how players defend better, rallies get longer and for that, I needed a little bit of better racket head but at the same time, I never wanted to give up my way of being able to control the ball.

As I moved to RF 97 autograph, I think I definitely also went for more of a power racket. But yet, didn’t comprise on the quality of the shot" - the former World number 1 added. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal stands at the doorstep of tennis history.

With seven wins at his favorite tournament on Earth across the next two weeks, he would win his 13th French Open title and 20th Grand Slam crown, tying his long-time rival Roger Federer atop the all-time men’s list.

Nadal is 93-2 all-time at the French, losing only to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 final. He has won 21 straight matches at Roland Garros, capturing the last three titles. But equaling and surpassing Roger Federer is “not an obsession at all,” Rafael Nadal said.