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That Federer is a pretty savvy guy

Updated: January 29, 2010, 9:04 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer isn't the same player he was a few years ago. In 2006, he went 92-5 and landed 12 titles, three in majors. Back then, he glided through matches.

Heck, no one could keep that up. Rafael Nadal, already good, improved immensely, Novak Djokovic came along, and Juan Martin del Potro broke through with a bang at the 2009 U.S. Open at the Swiss' expense.

At 28, Federer is a bit patchier, and this year's Australian Open is a fine example, ...

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