Sampras cared about 2 things - slams and #1 ranking. Everything else was secondary and he didn't really care that much about winning every tournament or dominating his peers. I see the same attitude beginning to show in Roger's play this year. There is just no other way to explain it. We start with the 2 losses to Canas - ok, that was a bit of a shock. Clay court season played out according to predictions, Wimbledon was a fight but it was a foregone conclusion. The HC season has been the real shock - this is Fed's turf and the way he played in Montreal just didn't give the impression that he cared all that much. His play in the USO will be telling. To me it seems that Fed has realized that other tournaments, even Master's series, are just tuneups for the slams. If he wants to be at the top till he's 30, he just cannot try and win every single thing he enters and keep giving 100%. Its just not possible, even for Fed. So I predict from now on we'll see him get fired up for the slams and keep getting 2-3/year, but perhaps not the Fed who loses only 5 matches a year. I would love to be wrong and maybe he's just going through a bad patch. But I can't help but wonder that this remarkable turn of events came right after his meeting with Pete. Coincidence? - I think NOT!!