Originally Posted by zagor
Does Fed's expanded "tennis bag" include netting or hitting long (what were before)routine running FHs? Or struggling with journeymen in early Wimbledon rounds? How about losing matches when he's 2-0 love up? He could have certainly done without those new additions.
No, it doesn't include those. What you are talking about is tennis skills plus physical aspect of the game. Federer's running forehand has certainly deteriorated. His stamina and consistency over a long match surely is suspect compared to before. When I say "tennis bag" I meant the most basic technical elements of the game. In that sense Federer is a better tennis player than before, and he's more experienced now. At least that's what I understand when Cahill and Federer himself says so.