Originally Posted by makro120
I totaly agree there are some big problems Federer needs to deal with, some really big problems. I used to be fearless making these kind of predictions, belive it or not I belived in them myself. But something has happened, not only to me but also to Federer. Federer is not fearless out there on court anymore, the Safin game was really the beginning of the problems but the nalbandian match was the big blow. Safin might have won against Federer playing almost his best, but in no way did he outplay Federer. Nalbandian did something no other player has done for several years, he totaly dominated Federer for almost 3 sets.
I think what we see today is a Federer who is beginning to doubt his invincibility (that is his confidence that if he plays his tennis no one can beat him), the curse of NAlbandian can only be broken in an AO final against NAlbandian where Federer must win. I think Federer will indeed be pumped up in this final and play his best tennis, maybe better tennis than we have ever seen before. Thereafter I hope Federer will get back to the old fearless Federer and we will see Federer winning as the artist and not the bigpoint champion, afterall the artist Federer and not the champion Federer is what made me a fan of him 5 years ago, I dont want to belive Federer will become a new Sampras.
But as I said no longer am I convinced about his superiority, but I try to be hopeful and this thread is only trying to spread some optimism in such hard times for other fans aswell as myself.
He was great in Doha and his first 3 matches here in Oz. Ninja will return don't worry Makro.