His tactical changes include playing close to the baseline to take time away from Nadal, frequent drop shots to punish Nadal for standing back, hitting higher loopy backhands to get the ball up higher, and attacking the Nadal backhand with his forehand when Nadal was expecting an inside-out. Aggression without resorting to serve and volley has been the theme. Federer proved all of the armchair coaches here wrong, because they did not come up with these specific suggestions. Do you really think any coach would have thought of these novel tactics? Would they just have been a waste of Fed's hard earned money? A diversion from his own reading of the game? Despite all the cries for coaching, I think Fed proved everyone wrong. I don't think anyone can help him in the FO either, as no one came close to coming up with creative ideas for the Madrid final.