2) The TMC court really suits his game so he doesn't have to be 100% focussed and ready to play well there
Bring on Dubai!
i dont really believe that. But i do agree that the court being fast allowed federer to play offensively and to dictate.
Also consider his opponents.
davydenko, roddick were his wins...federer wins these matches no matter what his form is like or what surface it is.
Nadal and ferrer cannot pressure federer the way djoker and nalbandian can on fast surfaces.
djoker learns incredibly well. He started looping the bh quite a bit once he sensed federer was struggling. He varies his shots well for a person who is not known for having variety. Djoker's returns were also incredible and he served roger off the court esp on the big pts.
djoker was afraid in the usopen final. He wasnt afraid once fed let him back into the match at the AO. The match reminded me of the fed-nadal RG 06 match where federer was drubbing the crap out of nadal and then just made a bunch of careless mistakes and then disappeared.