I'm slightly concerned that this Federer 'revival' might gather pace. With Nadal out of sorts with the game and the Djoker having not a cat in hell's chance of repeating 2011, it falls to Andy to prevent Frauderer from cleaning up in 2012.
As much as Fed's late season run of form is laudable, I do not think at all that he can replicate or carry it onwards into Australia. Even though he won yesterday, his performance was shaky at best, and in a best of 5 set affair, the result would not have been the same. Fed has increasing trouble in serving out sets and matches now- he was broken to love serving for the championships yesterday by Jo and in longer matches, this propensity has hurt him this year (losing in 5 at both Wimbledon and the US Open after being up 2 set to love). I don't see this trend reversing (it is a natural effect of age) and undoubtedly the really top players like Rafa, Andy and Nole will capitalize on it. Fed had a similar run of form in 2010 and everyone was predicting he would sweep the 2011 season and look how that panned out. The indoor courts favor Fed and makes his game look more successful than it would be on outdoor, hard courts like the AO. Next season's AO presents a huge opportunity for Andy- Rafa is usually never at his best there (earliest exits there than at any of the other slams for the last 2 years), Nole will definitely feel the pressure of defending his incredible year and the Fed- well it is my firm belief that Andy is better than him game-wise at this stage in their careers. If he can just replicate his run to the finals of the last two years, I hope that the third consecutive AO final will be one where he finally wins.