Originally Posted by sureshs
Fact is, Fed is up against 3 players who have all beaten him in the past, and who share the attribute of not having too much love for him. Quite different from a Roddick or Del Potro or Haas or Soderling who lose a match to him before the first serve is struck. This is his real test as a champion.
Fact is, at RG, Nadal, Murray, and Djoko were all knocked out before they could face Federer, and at Wimbledon, Murray and Djoko were knocked out before they could face Federer. So if Fed faced them in those slams, it wouldn't be a "real test" - the real test was beating the players good enough to reach him in the draw.