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Roger Federer changes racket ahead of US Open

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Federer has suffered poor form of late. (©GettyImages)
Federer has suffered poor form of late. (©GettyImages).

In the aftermath of exiting Wimbledon at the second round, Roger Federer is to experiment with a brand new racket.

The Swiss star has under-performed at his last two tournaments but is hoping that a change in racket will improve his fortunes as he prepares for this week's Swiss Open. 

His new 98-square-inch head Wilson will be used on Thursday when he will play either Marco Chiudinelli or Daniel Brands in the second round of the Swiss Open in Gstaad.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Federer discussed his switch: "So far, I'm happy with this change, but I need many hours on the court to see if this is a good decision. I haven't yet taken the decision on whether to use it in the US. I still need to think it over."

The 17-time Grand Slam winner has suffered a decline in form that has seen him drop as low as fifth in the ATP rankings following his early departure at Wimbledon last month.

Federer is considering using this new Wilson as he vies to win a record-breaking sixth US title. But racket changes haven't always turned out to be positive move for tennis stars.

And Federer acknowledges this, saying: "There are players who have experienced problems when they changed rackets, Fernando Verdasco and to some extent Novak Djokovic."

His performance at this week's tournament could define, or refine, his chances at Flushing Meadows next month.


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