It certainly does seem to be the case. Before (2004-2007) he always use to bring his A-Game out to the Year End Champs. But the last 2 years he seemed to be a tad less bothered with it all. Ok, I'll concede he had the back problem last year 2008 losing to Murray, but of late he seems to not be able to hit the ground running in these best of 3 set matches and it ends up hurting him over the shorter distance. All 3 of his Round Robin matches he had to come from a set down, twice made the escape, and once lost, and now the semi final, another sloppy affair in the first set which ended up costing him a shot at the YEC title. So this brings the question: Does Federer - now having 15 GS and Career Slam - only care about extending his GS record even further, and not bothering with all the effort to pitch up with his A-Game at all the "lesser" events? He seems to be pretty much supremely confident of beating anyone in a 5-set GS match, but it seems like best of 3 sets has become a lottery with him, where he can just as easily lose as win. It will be interesting to see what happens in Australia. But I get the feeling watching him lately that the only thing he cares for is the Grand Slam Trophies and everything else is just a sideshow for him.