So let's see. Madrid introduces a new clay surface (it's blue!), Djokovic and Nadal crash out of the tournament early and then complain about the conditions and yet, who still wins?
Roger Federer? Hmmm....
What does that say about Federer and the other contenders for the World Number One in men's tennis?
I know that Novak Djokovic has dominated men's tennis for the past year or so. I know that Rafael Nadal has had Fed's number for about as long if not a little bit longer. I know that Andy Murray is considered the up-and-comer who might just take over the number one position someday soon.
But I think it's telling that it was Roger who was able to adjust his game best to the new surface, to turn disadvantage into advantage, to continue playing at a high level while the others faltered.
To me, Roger Federer is pure tennis. His game is great on all courts. His game is smooth and easy (at least it seems that way), his skills are without parallel, his ability is so natural as to make one believe he was born to play.
He was able to adjust to the court at Madrid because he is truly a more pure, more perfect player than any of his competitors.
He's not losing to Nadal or Djokovic these days because they are better players than he is -- they're not. What Federer lacks today is simply the will to win, the willingness to go that extra mile in practice or in training to separate himself from the others. In simple words, he's no longer hungry enough to dominate
But Madrid proves that, in terms of pure tennis ability, Federer is still the best in the world.