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Federer gets in Djokovic's HEAD (pun intended)

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...0-2722,00.html

ROGER Federer began a psychological battle yesterday on another front, questioning the merits of reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic's decision to change racquets so close to his title defence.

The world No2, who failed against Djokovic in a semi-final at last year's Australian Open when ill with glandular fever, tipped Djokovic could struggle in tight moments, given a lack of familiarity with his new equipment.

"It's tough because there's always a factor with the weather, how do you play, day form, you know, other contenders, the pressure, now a new racquet," Federer said.

"I'm quite surprised he made a switch like this in the best phase of his career, you know. He can for sure play good tennis, but I think when it comes down to the crunch you just have that bit of a doubt maybe, you know, because you are not quite that comfortable with that racquet.

"But we'll see what happens. It's going to be a big test for him."

While it is worth noting that Federer is sponsored by Wilson, the brand dumped by Djokovic, his questioning comes after he repeatedly highlighted this week Andy Murray's failure to capture a Grand Slam tournament.

Although the Swiss star trails Murray 5-2 in head-to-head battles, Federer proved superior in their US Open final clash last September and says that to prove himself, the Scottish world No4 needs to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic, who moved from Wilson to Head, has already complained of his struggle to adjust to his new racquet, blaming his failure in Brisbane last week in part on the change.

"I changed the racquet and it's not easy to get rhythm right away," Djokovic said.

"I'm under the contract so I have to play with the racquet. It's not the end of the world. It's the first match. I'm trying not to be pessimistic."

In contrast, Federer is full of praise when questioned about Rafael Nadal, the player who seized both his Wimbledon crown and No1 ranking last year.

Asked to remove himself from the equation when considering the likely Australian Open winner, the $3.50 equal favourite with Murray for this year's title said he would always choose Nadal ahead of every other rival.

The Swiss champion did have some kind words for another rival yesterday, praising Davis Cup hero Fernando Verdasco after beating the Spaniard narrowly 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) at Kooyong.

Federer, who will play the winner of today's match between Swiss Olympic team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, said Verdasco should now be considered a real threat at Grand Slam level.

"He seems like he's playing more consistently and he's got that big shot that everybody is scared of. So he's got that going for him," Federer said.

"I think he's got confident more and more, so that he can hang with normal players and occasionally beat the top players.

"The Grand Slam level, I guess it comes down a lot to mental and physical as well. I think this is what he has to prove this year."

Former world No1 Carlos Moya is certain his compatriot, who lost to Radek Stepanek in last week's Brisbane final to continue his rise to world No15, can challenge for a major title.

"Verdasco, I think he's a really top guy," Moya said.

"He has the tennis inside of him to be a top 10 player.

"Now he has to believe in himself. And once he does he can become a very dangerous player and one of the top guys."

It is self-belief Verdasco, 25, who is dating Ana Ivanovic and met the King of Spain following the Davis Cup victory in December, says is the difference between now and last year.

"With the Davis Cup it was a great moment for me, a lot of confidence after that tie also, because it was really tough," Verdasco said.

"In this position I was thinking different than in other years. All the things and all the motivation, believing in myself much more, and I think that is the key.

"I'm so motivated in this 2009 to be top 10 for the first time. And I will try so hard. I will do my best to be there and I'm already practising so hard, trying all that I can to be there. And I will not stop until I am there."

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It's easy to be motivated when you have Ana by your side
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Fed resorting to psycho shenanigans against formerly lesser players
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"He can for sure play good tennis, but I think when it comes down to the crunch you just have that bit of a doubt maybe, you know, because you are not quite that comfortable with that racquet."

That's right Roger, you just want to assure everyone of how much respect you have for Djokovic as a player and fellow professional. You are in no way trying to psych out Novak. Not at all. You don't play petty mind games through the media in an attempt to throw off the confidence of the bold upstarts who have had the temerity to beat you in big matches.
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"He can for sure play good tennis, but I think when it comes down to the crunch you just have that bit of a doubt maybe, you know, because you are not quite that comfortable with that racquet."

That's right Roger, you just want to assure everyone of how much respect you have for Djokovic as a player and fellow professional. You are in no way trying to psych out Novak. Not at all. You don't play petty mind games through the media in an attempt to throw off the confidence of the bold upstarts who have had the temerity to beat you in big matches.
You should send a letter to him instead. He'll never read what you post.

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I have yet to see a successful switch to HEAD, specially from Wilson which along with Babolat are the two best IMO

I don't understand Djoker's decision, but still I don't think that Roger should be talking about it, simply stop talking and keep playing Rogi!

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I have yet to see a successful switch to HEAD, specially from Wilson which along with Babolat are the two best IMO

I don't understand Djoker's decision, but still I don't think that Roger should be talking about it, simply stop talking and keep playing Rogi!
maybe they can sew roger mouth shut forever.
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I have yet to see a successful switch to HEAD, specially from Wilson which along with Babolat are the two best IMO

I don't understand Djoker's decision, but still I don't think that Roger should be talking about it, simply stop talking and keep playing Rogi!
Murray is the face of HEAD now. He took over from Agassi. I don't see why HEAD would be inferior.

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Basically the Wilson Kfactor other than the looks is exactly the same as the one he's using now. It has pretty much exactly the same specs.

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Vamos Roger, go for 200 replies this time
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You should send a letter to him instead. He'll never read what you post.
I think he's got enough on his plate without me sending him hate mail. And I don't mean to tear that much into the UNICEF ambassador anyway. He should just be a bit more direct when he wants to take his rivals down a peg or two, like when he compared Djokovic to a prancing rabbit back in 2006. No need to pretend that he's remotely concerned on the Serbian's behalf. He isn't, so he should refrain from extending his hypocritical advice to Djokovic like he's his uncle or something.
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Murray is the face of HEAD now. He took over from Agassi. I don't see why HEAD would be inferior.
This proves beyond all doubt the superiority of HEAD. Vamos!

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Nice title. I love this from Roger. Does anyone remember what happened last year when Djoker was psyching Roger? Well im sure Roger hasnt forgotten and i think its perfect timing and situation to repay the favor I think the Djoker is just slightly mentally weak and Roger can sense it. Why in the hell would he switch to Head? So now he's under contract he has to make it work?
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This proves beyond all doubt the superiority of HEAD. Vamos!
I didn't say it was superior. I said that there's no reason to think that HEAD is inferior. Big difference.

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