Originally Posted by Topspindoctor
Olderer was in a win-win situation when it came to faking life crippling illness (or so his fangirls would have us believe). You see it started in USO 2007 final where he had to rely on a horrendous choke from Novak to win. He realized then, he wasn't an invincible ballerina and a tennis god. So he was fearful that once he's exposed by young, strong and hungry players, his legacy will be questioned. (after all beating clowns like Roddick, and Mugzalez in slams doesn't take much effort).
Right. Federer was perfectly fine and healthy in '08, in fact his level of play hadn't dropped one bit. That's why he:
A) Lost to Roddick for the first time in 5 years.
B) Lost to Radek Stepanek for the first time in 6 years.
C, D, E) Lost to Mardy Fish, James Blake and Ivo Karlovic for the first time ever
(two of these in straights, no less)
F) Didn't win a Masters series event for the first time in 5 years.
G) Lost as many matches in '08 as he lost in '04-06 combined.
etc etc etc.
Fed perfectly fine. All these guys just decided to just step it up, almost all of them well past their physical peak. Next you'll be telling us man didn't walk on the moon and that you are in fact, not a troll.