There is no secret that Federer doesn't like guys who stand up to him. Guys like Murray and Nadal have dominated him in the past few months. Murray still hasn't cut it in slam but Nadal has literally cracked Roger's soul. I don't know about you but I think those two Clay court finals against Nadal before the French Open really messed Roger up. He was up 4-0 and 4-1 in two sets and lost both 7-5. He was again up by a big margin in the second final and lost. Then French just took Roger's breath away and Wimbledon totally annihilated his confidence. I am not sure what AO does but it doesn't help.
How can Roger get back at Nadal? I doubt only adjustments will do. Does he need a tough coach like Wilander or Agassi? Or maybe he needs Reyes? Anyone who saw AO final could tell that Roger was just nervous, almost too nervous. The guy who won against Roddick would've beaten Nadal, but the guy who showed up in the final was a broken man. Can that be fixed or should Roger just pray to avoid the likes of Nadal and Murray for the rest of his career?
So Federer was up significantly on Nadal in those two clay court finals... And yet, you say adjustments won't do, even though your post serves as evidence that Federer does have the tennis game to overcome Nadal, but is lacking the mental game.
What he needs, more than anything, is a mental
adjustment. I am not sure how that is done. By the way, I am not discounting Nadal's game or dominance over Federer as simply something due to Federer not being confident enough... I mean, part of Nadal's package is
how relentless he is... He wears down opponents, physically and mentally.
I feel that Roger loses to him because he gets mentally worn down, and so then his game goes, too. Federer always seems to give in mentally to Nadal.