Is it whether he is going to take these hits since January as motivation to work even harder to win Grand Slams OR is it whether he will even be relevant on the tour any longer?
Duh!!! Most are looking to see if Roland Garros and Wimbledon have taken enough wind out of his sails to make the current slide even steeper. Those are huge back to back blows if you are Federer. So that’s the big question now – one that has to be answered first and quickly before any thing else is even discussed.
Is Federer still the same guy? Whether he can win another Grand Slam is not even on the table. Can he win a tournament other than a tune up event this year and beyond is begging for answer?
Wimbledon was the big stage Federer was expected to reverse his fortunes at, this year. Well, it’s come and gone making the waters even murkier as expected, leaving everyone to wonder if Federer is done for good.
Anything at Toronto and beyond this season that does not have even a remote semblance of Halle, media is going to just pile on. And if Fishes or Stepaneks get past him again, the thin layer of ice Federer is skating will break forever. Once Humpty Dumpty falls, it’s virtually impossible to fix.
If it happens, and the subsequent desperation mounts, will we see the old Federer breaking rackets and getting testy on the court? Well, he has come pretty close in recent months whenever things have not gone his way, like that Wimbledon call last year. Will that complete the circle and finally answer the question once and for all?