Roger Federer continues experiment with new racket in Gstaad
Roger Federer is to continue his experiment with a larger racket head in Gstaad this week.
Last Updated: 25/07/13 5:58pm
Federer has used a 90 square-inch head for most of his playing career but a shock defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon led to a rethink.
He reached the semi-finals in Hamburg last week playing with a 98 square-inch head before being upset again, this time by little-known Argentine Federico Delbonis.
He will continue with the bigger racket in Gstaad this week, and confirmed he will try other modifications in a bid to find the missing ingredient after a poor run of results which have seen him drop to No 5 in the world rankings.
"This racket will probably change over the next few months, we will keep tinkering with it," said Federer. "I've tried a lot of models and this is the one I like the best.
"I'll play Gstaad with it and then we can look ahead. The plan for now is to continue with this racquet."
Federer is the top seed in the Swiss event, which he is playing for the first time since 2004 when he won the tournament.
Federer's first opponent will either be German Daniel Brands, whom he beat in three sets in Hamburg, or his old friend Marco Chiudinelli, a fellow Basel native.
"Gstaad is a special tournament with altitude (800 metres)," said Federer. "You can't come here for six weeks to get prepared.
"I'm coming in very relaxed - no-one has much experience on this clay but you can get used to it.
"But I just want to make a good preparation and am doing everything to be ready for my first match."