He has reached the stage of his great career when he must rely on much of his experience in order to maximize the tools of his talent, as evidenced by a handful of specific and successful matches the past two months.
In examining Federer's skills it is helpful to provide a brief contrast with his two chief rivals. What are the weapons or tools that best describe the efficiency of their skills? (Note: these are metaphors to represent their styles, not to decide which tool/weapon is actually best for hand-to-hand combat.)
Nadal's game relies heavily on his topspin forehand, which is deadly, efficient and lethal. This could be a sword made from Toledo steel.
Djokovic's game is a quarter-staff, efficient on both sides, and equally capable of offense and defense.
Federer's versatility provides a tool set and will be represented by a Swiss Army knife.
The following slides will examine seven recent matches, and how Federer won them by executing a different kind of skill to help make the difference in overcoming his opponents
The aging Maestro could have a big year in the Majors with his Swiss Army knife variety.