Originally Posted by Mustard
He sorted his head out. Federer had all the talent, but the wrong mentality. In 2003, the winning mentality showed a lot of flashes, but it didn't come through fully until the 2003 Masters Cup in Houston, beating Agassi in the round robin match after being 1 point from losing. Once Federer sorted his head out, the pieces started coming together. When he had the right mentality and had banished his old demons, he was able to dominate the sport.
I also think that Peter Carter's death on the 1st August 2002 played a big part in his changed mentality.
Pretty much this.
The game was already there, the footwork was there but Federer wasn't fully mature mentally.
- this is Fed in January 2002