Originally Posted by veroniquem
But Fed is getting older and I definitely think he will have to beat Djoko, Murray, Berd, Nadal in slams next year. He was very lucky in 2009 at RG. He's not gonna have that luck often especially now that Djoko and maybe Murray have become more consistent.
Berdych is a real threat to Federer, yes, but let's not put him in the same category of peril as Djokovic, Nadal and Murray yet. And he may rarely be on collision course with Federer anyway. Even if he is, he may lose before he reaches the QF.
And Federer wasn't "lucky" in 2009. It was bound to happen sooner or later and Federer didn't miss. He earned that title through sheer consistency and, honestly, even you know it'd have been criminal to have a Claycourter as good as Federer never win the French Open. Just accept it.
And finally, Djokovic is a great player, definitely one of the modern greats and could end up being considered one of the GOATs by the time he's done, but he's no longer 23. Players generally start to decline once they hit 26. There's no saying if Djokovic can keep playing as well as he has the past 2 years. He's been incredibly consistent, yes, but it might be too much to expect him to make every hardcourt Slam F/SF for the next 2 years (which is probably how long Federer will be a Slam-contender). If Djokovic slips once, Federer could take it. Murray is still not a staple in Grand Slam finals and Hards always troubled Nadal.