For Roger Federer, the Australian Open 2017 meant winning a record-extending and historic 18th Men’s Singles Grand Slam title. After a six-month lay-off caused by a knee trouble, he started the season at No. 16, but then faced his old rival, Rafael Nadal, in the AO final, taking breathtaking victory after three hours and 37 minutes in dramatic fifth set. He became the first man to take five or more titles at three Grand Slam events, and became the second-oldest player to win a major singles trophy in history.
Dubai Tennis Championship followed and Federer surprisingly lost to world no. 116, Evgeny Donskoy, in the second round. Curiously, this was his only loss in 14 matches.
Then, Indian Wells Masters began. Federer presented a killer high-speed backhand, dominated his way to the finals and defeated his fellow countryman, Stan Wawrinka, in two sets, only to win a record-equaling fifth title in Indian Wells and the 90th title of his whole career. Indian Wells victory was also a historical one, as at the age of 35 (just five months before his 36th birthday), he became the oldest tennis player to win a Masters series event.
Miami Open followed and the Swiss powered his way to the final, claiming his third victory in 2017. He defeated Nadal in two sets, making it his fourth consecutive victory over him, his third Miami title and his 26th ATP Masters 1000 title.
We witnessed “one of the best comebacks ever on the ATP Tour after a long injury”, to quote Nadal after the final match in Miami. Roger defied time, enemy of every sportsmen, expectations, and he showed younger players what brilliance and class under hot Melbourne and Miami suns look like. He was his old self, but improved (world-class footwork, killer backhand, perfect serves), and he had slick gear and outfit to make it a complete package worth admiring.
Roger Federer Advantage PREMIER Tennis Polo
Roger wore the black and white shirt during the AO and Dubai tournaments this year, and the green and black shirt during the Miami Open and Indian Wells tournaments. This light-weight tennis shirt perhaps looks like a normal polo shirt from the outside, but on the inside it has a Dri-FIT texture constructed of open weave performance fabric. Laser perforations on the back promote breathability, and the fabric wicks away the moisture. It’s designed to fit nicely on the body and help the player stay distraction-free.
Four-way stretch material of these Nike shorts provides plenty mobility. Laser cut perforations on the bottom help the player stay cool, and flat elastic waistband delivers a superior fit. Dri-FIT technology helps the player stay dry and comfortable.
For warm-up and post-match interview, Federer wore Roger Federer N98 Tennis Jacket made of high-performance fabric, which is durable and extremely comfortable. Nike Tech Fleece creates a feeling of lightweight warmth, and a construction that focuses on the movement. Mock-neck delivers additional comfort and warmth, especially during outdoor practice.
These shoes are reliable, lightweight and made for multidirectional speed. Thanks to Zoom air in the heel and EVA midsole, Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 provide extra cushioning and responsiveness under the foot with a low-to-the-ground feel. Flyknit material provides soft lightweight comfort and exceptional stability, as well as customized fit through the laces, and TPU midfoot shank resists unwanted twisting. Made to be quicker and to follow explosive movements.
Roger has been keeping his whole equipment in the Wilson Federer DNA 12 Pack Tennis Bag. The bag has been inspired by Roger’s Pro Staff racket design – clean features, elegant design & sharp look. It has room to take up to 12 frames, large compartment to hold shoes and apparel, large accessory pockets for equipment and small accessory pocket for valuables. It also has Wilson’s Thermoguard 2.0, which protects equipment from extreme humidity, and heavy duty, adjustable straps, so it can be carried as a backpack as well.
The Pro Staff RF97 Autograph is Roger’s trusted racket with new cosmetics, co-designed by the Maestro himself. It has a slick black matte finish with laser engraved graphics, larger headsize, bigger sweatspot and a thin leather grip, which delivers a truly classic feel. As the Roger said himself, it’s back to simplicity and it’s all about the details. He wanted to give his racket elegance, style and class, a “tuxedo” look, which would tell a story about him and about Wilson. We think they did a pretty good job.
Features: Spin Effect Technology delivers the most of spin control, and allows redirection of heavy pace with impressive ease. High level precision on full cuts.
Roger remains true, so he strings his racket with Wilson Champion’s Choice hybrid strings. Being a combination of Wilson’s Natural Gut and Luxilon ALU Power Rough, these strings deliver the ultimate playability, durability and control.