I've got no real worries that Roger isn't beating the Sampras record. I went on record right after the AO stating that Federer would definitely beat the record. This thread is enjoyable, I love the speculation and the calculations, but really, Federer has got this record in the bag barring absolutely freakish results.
the questions is...will fed beat the record or annhilate it?
im not actually that worried about fed's motivation. his patchy play is expected given the fact he was sick and that this is still his second tournie back.
once fed reaches beast mode and i think he will at some point in this season...it wont matter whether the tournament is a grand slam or a masters series.
every loss also seems to fire roger up that much more.