IMO the tennis Federer played prior to the final was much worse than the last few years. Coah H seems to have instilled running around the FH, using more drop shots and playing a north-south game style. All this has meant Federer's footwork has looked clumsy at times, he seems to be very erratic on volleys and his serve percentage decreased throughout the tournament. Federer struggled against Montanes, Gonzalez and even Monfils should and could have taken Federer to 5 sets playing a basic pushing game. I think that Federer masked over his Rg form going into the final but most shrewd observers were worried that he had not really established a groove and was fortunate with a beatable draw and a dominant h2h over guys like Ancic, Gozalez etc. If federer had met Gulbis, Almagro, Djokovic prior to the final we may not have witnessed the disapointing performance in the final. All in all, I think Higuries has not improved Federer's overall clay court game. Some might say that he reached the final but Federer has done that in the last two years anyway. The test is Federer played by his standards a poor RG tournament and it was hidden by getting to the final but the gap on today's display was huge between 2 and no 1. Some might argue that Federer pushed Nadal only a few weeks ago in Hamburg and choked whilst leading but i would argue as others have said, Nadal had played 4 tournaments in a month and also the clay is completely different in Hamburg. Today's result show how poor men's tennis really is where an average Federer can get to an RG final and get destroyed so comprehensively when he should have been taken out earlier if there were any decent clay courters around.