I wish it wasn't the case, and I know people have said many times before that Federer is on his way out and have been proven wrong, but I don't see him being as good as the guys at the top anymore. The way Nadal swept Federer aside in IW was pretty telling to me. Also the way he's scheduled his year now, he's more interested on winning titles than a ranking.
I have to agree with that, unfortunately Federer is declining. I also can't see him being as good as the top guys anymore. I know there have been many situations where people say that Federer was declining and were proven wrong but this is seems really different. Murray is beating him, now even guys like Berdych are coming on top of him. It really sucks.
By the end of the year I'd say he'll be at number four or five...maybe worse.
I would be extremely surprised if Federer drops out of the top 4 by the end of this year honestly.
I know Federer is doing worse now, but it's not that bad. Ferrer is definitely not going to overtake him, neither is Berdych and the gap between Fed and Del Potro in the rankings is far to big for him to overtake Federer this year. I think Fed will be ranked 4th by the end of the year.