Roger Federer’s Season Called Disappointment; Maestro To Launch Secret Weapon in Market

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By Lou Imperial | July 22, 2014 4:43 AM EST

Roger Federer has been the gold standard of tennis excellence for quite some time now. His movements and techniques are simply notches higher than the rest of ATP professionals. Still, that won't stop the Maestro from adding a new weapon to his arsenal.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland blows kisses after being defeated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles finals tennis match on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Three months from now, Federer will launch a collection of rackets he used throughout his career - including the big-headed racket that is viewed as one of the key factors to his resurgence this season.  

"I grew up idolizing the legends of the game, so it was natural for me to play with Wilson Pro Staff 85-inch rackets. I love the feel a smaller head provides, and larger rackets couldn't deliver the feedback I needed to be successful. This new Wilson Pro Staff racket has been a long time coming, but I finally have the feel I need in a 97-inch head," said Federer, who is all set to begin his hard-court season in buildup towards the US Open championship starting late August.

Considered by Wilson officials as the most extensive collaboration between the company and Federer, Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph collection will hit the market in October.

Season of Disappointment?

Federer managed to reach the finals of the Wimbledon Open before he bowed out to Serbian rival Novak Djokovic in five hard-fought sets.

For many of his fans, the Swiss Master's latest exploit on the tennis court is considered a big moment after a long journey to relevancy in terms of Grand Slam tournament success.

However, for tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri, Federer's 2014 campaign has been a letdown by his lofty standards.

Bollettieri, who coached some of the greatest tennis players in history such as Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, believed the Swiss' performance in the championship match with Djokovic was not even close to his true ability, though he admitted that it was indeed a dandy of a match between two of the best netters in the world.

"It was not the greatest tennis match by any stretch of the imagination but it was one hell of a tennis watch. The crowd wanted Federer but a man who has won so much just could not hold his nerve - having fought tooth and nail to get back into the contest - when the trophy was there for him to claim for an eighth time," said Bollettieri in an interview right after the Wimbledon Open finals via Tennis Tonic.

"And you know what? I'm not sure such a good chance to win a Grand Slam will come his way again."

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Roger Federer of Switzerland blows kisses after being defeated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles finals tennis match on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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