Having just read this I don't think this is hype. It acknowledges Fed can't be counted out just yet but so many people have been saying that it's the Andy-Nole rivalry which will dominate tennis right now (including here on MW). That said I quite agree it's better for Andy not to read all the media stuff - whether it's positive or negative.
I think Andy has learned to let hype go over his head.
That said, I would agree Ruthie, I don't think it is hype. For the Mail, the article is pretty balanced, not ruling Federer out, but acknowledging the fact that he will be 32 this year, and wondering what position Nadal will be in when he comes back, which is fair comment. Given what has gone on over the last year or so, it is clear that Andy and Novak could very well find themselves pretty much sharing the driving seat this year, and that is basically all the article is saying. I'd much rather them say that than suggest Andy hasn't got a hope in hell and that the USO win was a fluke, because let's be honest, the Mail is sometimes bonkers enough to go there.
The thing I find hilarious about the article is the sheer number of Fed/Nadal fans who are up in arms over it, as it is some kind of personal affront to their heroes. If I was nasty I could take some enjoyment out of the panic of Nadal's fans suggesting that he is going to come back stronger than ever, as if he has never been away (after all the time he he has been out? Yes, right, call him Clark Kent) but I'm not nasty. However, I can't resist having a bit of a snigger at the Fed fans who have yet to get over the Olympics. They really are comedy gold.