Swiss superstar Roger Federer is relieved to find that his decision to switch to a bigger racquet head before the start of the 2014 season was a good one. The Swiss No. 2 rallied from a set down in both his semi-final against Novak Djokovic and his final against Tomas Berdych to lift his sixth career title in Dubai. The victory marked Federer’s 78th career title, vaulting him to No. 3 on the Open Era titles list behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
For Federer, the victory represents an opportunity to gain some confidence and mental fortitude with regards to the new racquet. Instead of worrying about whether he had made the right choice by switching over, the 32 year old can focus on simply playing tennis.
“I’m just happy that now it’s clear, I don’t have to think of it, and I can just play tennis,” Federer said, referring to his racquet. “It’s not in the back of my mind anymore, Is this racquet good or not? I was convinced in practice, but then you hope that the results are going to follow and they did. When you can play that way, you’re more free, you have an open mind. That’s when you are more successful. I’m very happy.”
In comparison to his 2013 season on the tour, this has been a fantastic start to the year for Federer. He reached the finals in Brisbane, the semi-finals of the Australian Open and has now lifted his sixth title in Dubai.
“I’m happy that the results are paying off, especially in quick succession. I have only just switched (racquets), and here I am, already getting to the finals in Brisbane, semis at the Australian Open, I won my Davis Cup match, and now here I am with a trophy.”
Federer is scheduled to take part in the BNP Paribas Open next week at the Indian Well Tennis Gardens.