Originally Posted by Samoon
These cases are totally different. Roddick has completely declined after 2009. Never looked like coming back to his best. Federer case is different. He is not playing as well as he did 2004 or 2006 because those were his prime years. You can't expect him to play at that level for so long. He is still playing very well so I would not say he is declining. Roddick in 2009 was not as good as he was in 2003, 2005 but people never said he was declining. People said Federer had a horrible year in 2008 yet he still won a slam.
I was just saying what others were saying, they ACTUALLY were saying he is starting to decline, I never agreed with them. Most likely because he was just so dominate during his prime that if he lost one match people would think he's getting worse.
Federer said himself - "I've created a monster, I lose one set and people think I'm laying bad".