Originally Posted by IvanisevicServe
Federer lost to Hewitt in the final of last year's Halle, too...so I'm not so sure.
If he's going down 2 sets to Falla (and having to break to keep from losing in 4), blowing a 2 set lead against Tsonga, losing back-to-back years in the QF at Wimbledon, and losing the final to an over-the-hill Hewitt, that's not very encouraging for his shot against strong fields in hypothetical "grass 1,000's."
The level Nadal and Djokovic played in the Wimbledon final this year, Federer would've been steamrolled going against either of them on grass. And if it were fast enough to just be a serve-and-return contest, Federer's mediocre returning and tendency to have a bad game every now and then during the match on his serve would seal his fate against guys who excel in serve/return contests.
Either way, Federer used to be virtually unbeatable on grass for the field...the courts have definitely continued to slow down since Federer won his first 3-4 Wimbledons, and his once breathtaking grass court ground game is completely non-imposing. He looks like a pusher on grass.
Good points and I agree for the most part. It's just that I don't feel Fed these days is secure on just about any surface. He could lose on any given day to decent opponents, especially on grass and slow HC, imo. I don't feel any more confident when Roger is on slow HC than when he's on grass, is my point. I can usually count on him to make things "interesting" (or even lose) on those two surfaces in particular.
The Fedality: 30 Slams, 8 YE #1, Olympic Gold in S&D, 6 YEC, 47 Masters, 137 Titles
RF: 17 (4-1-7-5). RN: 13 (1-8-2-2).