So at this stage of the season Roger lost ... three times only (since Cincinatti last year BTW).
-1st loss to Marat Safin, AO SF (hard): 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7(6) 7-9
Epic battle, very close throughout the match. Marat got a good coaching from Lundgren it seems, he overpowered and made run Federer a lot. Federer had a minor foot injury.
-2nd loss to Richard Gasquet, Monte-Carlo QF (clay): 7-6(1) 2-6 6-7(10)
Begining of the clay season for Fed (not his favourite surface), right after Miami. Gasquet is in a momentum, lots of winners, shows mental strength at key moments (MP against him). Though not in a GS, this is the earliest loss of Fed this season.
-3rd loss to Rafael Nadal, Roland Garros SF (clay): 3-6 6-4 4-6 3-6
One of the much anticipated showdowns of the season, Fed is quite nervous and starts the match very badly contrary to his habits (many breaks). He's had a good draw and is full of energy but he doesn't handle the Rafa lefty topspin at the net and he's often overpowered on baseline.
IMO the most siginficant loss is Nadal's, as Roger didn't seem to be able to win, because he was doing too many mistakes (BH, FH and volleys). In addition, he didn't have "external factors" to explain the loss. He was unusually nervous. However, we can notice that Nadal's game is the most "1 dimensionnal" of the three, but he compensated with his mental strength and his science of clay.
In the other two matches it was the usual Federer, and he even showed a capacity to fight till the end and in adversity, that some questioned at the time (cf. Wertheim).
Not surprisingly 2 losses came on clay, where Fed is a bit less confident and less patient, though one of the best on the tour.
The Gasquet match is a bit special as Federer lost to a kind of "double" of himself, a talented all-courter without huge power. Gasquet, due to lack of stamina, certainly wouldn't have won in a 5-set match, but he seized his opporunities and took advantage of his relatively "unknown" game on the tour.
So to beat Fed in 2005 :
-Make him visit the court a lot
-Bombard him with maximum pace on both wings
-Play on clay
-Build confidence before with lots of wins in previous torunies
-Prepare for a tough and long journey
What do you think ?