That's the strange thing abotu it, and this sentiment was stated in one of Yahoo's sports blogs as well: So I thought about it, and it really is the truth. The three losses Fed suffered this year came from Murray and Nadal. That's it. In his previous 3 tournaments the set tallies went: Doha: In three matches only lost a set to Murray (and lost the game) AO: Lost 2 sets to Thomas Berdych, but straight setted everyone else. Lost to Nadal in the finals Indian Wells: Lost 1 close set to Gonzalez but straight-setted everyone else. Lsot ot Murray in the semis. Even with Federer's decreased movement compared to his in-form form of 05-07 and even 08 (showcased at Indian Wells), Federer still has enough consistency, gas on the forehand etc. to beat every player except Nadal and Murray. And he can beat them too if he puts his head on again.