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Post by truffin1 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:01 pm

Don't really see how this new format will take hold and replace anything.   Here in the USA- our USTA league matches are two regular sets- 7 point tiebreak for each set, and a 10 point tiebreak to decide match if sets are split.  Pretty straightforward and takes about an hour per match which is what these promotors are trying to push 

This format had no Ads, played lets, and went to 4 a set with a 5 point tiebreak.  Seems pointless to me..    avg of 18 minutes a set is what they are promoting.
 
I think it just an excuse to hold a sold out Exo with Fed/Hewitt., and later in the weeks a second EXO with Nadal/Verdasco

Fed and Hewitt actually played the exo pretty intensely at times.  Went all "5" sets with Fed winning in the end.  The points and length of time equaled a long 3 set match. I am surprised Fed would put his body through that a day after winnign Brisbane and a few days before AO, but guess he feels he's holding up well.  Hewitt is all grit and fight- even in an expo.  Fed was laser sharp early, then seemed to spray some shots and then came back into focus in the end.

Annacone was calling the match for Tennis Channel and was full of his usual praise for Fed as a player and person. The one interesting nugget I heard was Annacone said after the 2012 success-  he and Fed sat down and plotted a plan to transition to the more forward game we say in 2014 under Edberg.   As Annacone told it-  Fed saw and was open to the idea of starting a new final phase to his career.  If you remember Federer was saying at the beginning of 2013 it would be a transition year with more practice and less tournies (same thing he's saying this year)   Annacone said the back problem flared up early, got a little better and then gave out big time during the IW swing and ruined all the plans.   He said they were never able to bring the plan into fruition but that "Edberg really took Roger to where he and I always planned to go"

I think the difference I have gathered was that Annacone wanted Fed to go at it with same racquet while Fed was ready for the switch and this potentially led to them splitting up.

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:07 pm

Well...seems that Annacone can't get over the sack.

Wasn't he the one opposing Fed's increase of racquet size?
And didn't exactly that change bring all results in 2014...more stability on both the BH and FH and with it the confidence to move forward.

Byw, didn't see that exo, only a short clip of the two playing on speedboats..

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Post by truffin1 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:24 pm

I think that's the thing-  Annacone says it was all in the plans all along, but without the racquet change which was Federers idea.    Apparently the two couldn't agree on it and parted ways- apparently on great terms though. . Annacone could not be more "loving" towards Federer in his descriptions of his talent and character.  Even talked about how he has had conversations with Fed's parents and that they are more proud of the "way Roger has handled the winning" as opposed to the actual success.    Annanoce gives lots of credit to Luthi as well. Says he's underappreiciated outside of the inner tennis community- knows his tennis left and right and "more importantly, knows Roger inside and out" 

It's clear the racquet has stabilized Federer on both wings and allowed him to regain some of his serve ability - both pace and placement- that has been lost with the stiffening and less arch of the back that is apparent the past few years in his serve motion.  

btw-  Annacone says Federer can play for 5 more years "easy" -  never seen a guy who loves the game and tour as much as Fed.

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Post by Tenez on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:00 am

Good to hear. Had I been Fed's coach he would have changed that racquet in 2007! ...and woudl have won 10 more slams.

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Post by BEL19VE on Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:50 am

Tenez wrote:Good to hear. Had I been Fed's coach he would have changed that racquet in 2007! ...and woudl have won 10 more slams.
Yep.

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