It's not bad at all. How many tournaments did Sampras go through without winning a single one before winning the USO to end his career? LOTS. Federer is at the stage in his career where he only has to win slams. He has nearly every record there is and he will set some more before he hangs up his racquet. He won't win two grand slams back to back nine years apart, but I think he's probably ok with that. If he can get the grand slam this year, he will be very satisfied.
At this point, after 16 slams and so many "he's done" threads. Sooner or latr he's going to fade, but still is going to be a threat. With a wife, twins, and all the money and achievements ... let him be human. Not a fan but he's
"Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another" .. Madonna
Drooling after Schuettler, Bolelli, Volandri, Starace (short haired version), ToJo, Tursunov, Alves, Petzschner, Simon, Qureshi, Steve Johnson
Well, in these same events in 2007, he was losing to Guillermo Canas, then in 2008, it was Mardy Fish and Roddick, then last year, he was falling apart against Murray and Djokovic; basically, underperforming in the Indian Wells/Miami run is par for the course for Federer at this stage of his career.