Only a blind person will agree with you. How can a 30/31 year old athlete be on the same level with a 24/25 year old athlete?? Its basic common sense and logic. Stop talking in an irrational way. Its impossible to win an argument with an irrational person. You cannot wake up a person who is pretending to be asleep. Of course, Rafa & Novak are fantastic players. How does that prove that Federer has not declined?
Only a pretentious person starts an argument assuming his point is more valid than that of others.
I have said several times that Federer's movement has declined.
How many 24/25 year old were beating Sampras, Agassi and now Federer consistently? Do you watch other sports than tennis? You know Michael Jordan won 3 championships and multiple MVP awards in his early thirties? Did you know that 39 year old Jordan scored 51 points in a game? How many young, super athletic basketball players manage that in today's league? When you're fucking good, you're fucking good.
Players make adjustments because they know they won't be young forever, they become less reliant on their athletic ability and improve other parts of their game; they become more crafty with their shot selection or become more decisive when hitting shots, take the ball early etc. Simply saying he's older that's why he's losing is an insult to the fine players who have worked very hard to surpass him in some areas of the game.
I have seen his matches since 2001. I feel his backhand has improved over the years. Even his serve has declined. His forehand is not the same. Of course his movement is slower now. He is still a pretty good player but cannot compete with Rafa & Novak on daily basis on the same level. He used to beat Rafa regularly before outside clay till 2008. Till US Open 2010, He used to beat Novak as well at the Grand Slams (except Aus Open 2008) Now you will tell me, Federer was in his prime then and Novak & Rafa were too young. This argument can go on forever. I do not see any point
Your argument holds very little weight because young Rafa was still handing breadsticks to Federer in his prime. Why is it so hard to accept that people improve their skills and find a way to win against players who used to dominate? The argument can go on forever but so far, your argument is only based on "he's old, that's why he losing"; 32 year old Agassi beat 21 year old number 1 Hewitt in 2002 US Open semi-final. There was an 11 year gap between them. Federer only has 5 years on Nadal and people want to act like it's 80 year old Granparer vs 25 year old energetic Rafa.
No humility on this board.
Edit: fixed the ages.