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Roger Federer hasn’t won a major since January of 2010. But he is the only player who has beaten Novak Djokovic in 2011.
We should also remember that Djokovic’s last loss before his 43-game win streak was to Federer last November, showing that Federer could prove to be Djokovic's toughest opponent in the coming months.
That Federer has failed to reach the semifinals in two consecutive years should not be cause for alarm—all that is happening is Federer has become touchable.
For years nobody—and I mean nobody—could take down the giant, except when everything went right for his opponent.
Now Federer has come back to Earth. He isn't a lock to make the semis of every single major, but is still clearly one of the three best tennis players in the world.
He is not the best player though. For the past three years, since his 2008 Wimbledon final loss, Federer has been playing second fiddle to Rafa Nadal. His four major victories since have come by way of Nadal injuries or early exits at the hands of another opponent.
Federer stands as good of a chance today of beating Nadal as he did three years ago. He is not significantly worse than he was last year, or even the year before, and therefore should not be counted out simply because he hasn't won a major recently.
Nadal definitely has the head-to-head edge against Federer. His grinding style has time and time again proven tough for Federer to handle.
However, Federer is the second best of the trio because he stands a much better chance of topping World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, which in reality is the only thing that matters.