Looking at this match (and others during these Championships), how can anyone claim this isn't prime Federer? Reading some comments here makes it sound like Federer was some old slow retired player during 2008 Wimbledon.
I, for one, was amazed how he played - its when I truly got into tennis.
His speed around the court, passing shots but especially how he was hitting the lines back then - jaw dropping. When was the last time you saw a player play this good at Wimbledon? The 2011 final was quite high quality but not as good as how Fed was playing here, and I don't think he looked as sharp as this in 2009.
I don't see where in the video he was utterly dismal as a lot of people say here, he looks sublime to me. And it's a pleasure to watch, perfect grass court play.
We may never a player of this quality on this surface again.