Originally Posted by NamRanger
Occasionally he will try and redline at a Masters BEFORE an important event, such as Madrid in 2008, but he rarely does that unless he has been playing poorly. Notice how in years past that Federer has won Cincinnati despite the fact that historically he has done pretty poorly at that tournament? If you discount his horrible 2008 performance against Karlovic, he has won 3 out of 4, beating very tough opponents on his way to the title. And this is a title that is notorious for top players tanking. Why then does Federer play hard here? Because it is right before the USO, and he wants to tune his game up.
An interesting observation and well supported. However, I think we all know the REAL reason for his Cincinatti dominance is that, being an avid reader of the TT forums, once he realized Cincinatti was in the the REAL slam, he decided he would win it every year because 20 > 8