Before the start of the fall season, Federer stated that he could “dominate anyone” when he was at his best. I don’t think any objective observers disagreed, but the question that popped up in the minds of many was how often could Federer conjure up his best tennis when needed? Turns out, often enough.
In the five events he competed in this fall, Federer won three of them, reaching a final (l. to Murray) and a semi (l. to Monfils) in the others. He went 21-2 in the time period, and dominated his toughest rivals to win the prestigious Year End Championships.
Is his form at the depth of the season a sign of things to come? Can Federer get back to the top again? Or was his play at the Grand Slams this year a more important predictor of his fortunes?
I don’t like to make big predictions, but I can identify several reasons why I think Federer can get back to the top of the ATP rankings.