Originally Posted by power level 800
Decline? After the U.S. Open Federer went undefeated for the remainder of the year. Something the best 8 mens in tennis couldn't accomplish this year. IMO it's just might be a little bit too soon to say.
The easy definition of "decline" used by most posters on TT is in number of major titles. When the bar is set so high, any dropoff is magnified.
I think Fed did have a plateau in '10, with the losses in major QFs to Sod & Berd. In great fashion, he addressed that issue with his alliance with P'Cone. The Renaissance began with USO SF MPs vs Djok, not converted but proof he was just about there after only two months together. The Fall swing was outstanding and things looked great til the AO'11 SF. That's when the Djok juggernaut commenced. Djok will not sneak up on Fed in '12. I hope his training regimen is focused on developing what he needs to get over the small humps he stumbled on in '11. He's still right there!