Roger Federer revealed that is still interested in 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.
“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 believes there will be no reason for him to have another subpar season in 2014. He has skipped the usual post-season exhibitions to take part in a full training block in Dubai.
“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.”
World no. 2 Novak Djokovic blamed Federer’s movement for his disappointing season. Federer admits that his back injury in the spring has hindered him but that it was also mental issues.
“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.”