Originally Posted by Bartelby
You have to compare peaks with peaks not head to head as Fed is not of the same generation as D and M, but is with Nadal due to the latter's early start.
Fed's four years from 2004 to 2007 are still unmatched by anything anyone else has done.
Yes, but also no. Regardless, those statistics matter, although you can choose to ignore them if it's convenient for you. Not only are the 2/3 of his losses in majors all from the same three guys, but approx. half of all of his losses are from the same three guys. Federer did get back to number one last year, which means that he is still very much dominant over the rest of the field. In fact, if you look at the differential of his losses between 2004-2007 and 2008-2013, the difference is completely accounted for by Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal. Of course Federer isn't at his peak right now, but that doesn't change the fact that he has a losing record against these guys. If anyone wants to suggest that if Federer, Murray, Nadal, and Djokovic were all playing at their absolute best at the same time that Federer would still have dominated like he did from 2004-07, that's completely BS. I bet he doesn't pass Sampras on the all-time list.