Originally Posted by merwy
It's hard for me to have much faith in Federer after his horrendous claycourt displays against Djokovic. Damn it, I remember I canceled an important appointment just to be able to watch that RG semi and it was one of the worst Fed matches I remember watching. Of course the year before that he did good, so who knows how he does this time.
Sorry, but I think that you should expect that. Federer's back was really bad after he won the title in Madrid, remember that he almost skiped Rome, and in Rome he lost to djoker in straights. Then, in Roland Garros, performances losing sets for Ungur, Goffin and fought back being 2-0 down from Delpo... I knew that Nole would prevail in 3 or 4.
Federer should get in a better shape. I know that his age is coming, but that is crucial to his game. And anyway, if Rafa is out, I think that Federer is the top contender for Roland Garros '13.