Originally Posted by Sjengster
But I have to agree with George, he needs to play all three TMS events for the first time in four years and preferably win something other than Hamburg; Monte Carlo definitely seems to be the best indicator for success in Paris, the winner there has at least reached the final of RG a few weeks later for the last five years, and been successful three times. If that requires skipping IW or Miami, so be it. He has little left to prove on hardcourt anyway, and he said after Wimbledon that RG was his big priority next year.
Yes, RG is the true test now for Federer. He has the best chance of an attacking player to win this event, if he is fit enough and uses his gifts to advantage.
Serve/volleying can be very effective if done right, though not all the time and I have said this many times before while he defends very well on hardcourts, his defensive skills on clay are not the greatest.
He could play Barcelona as well, if he failed early in Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo is the best out of the TMS for RG success as my thread at the time showed.
Just hope he can take winning RG seriously.