GBY, as usual, you pose an intriguing point of view.
Basically Federer talked like he had a bad day at the office (by the way, this should not mean he did not give credit to Tsonga, in fact, he kept reminding the media that Tsonga did not give him a chance to find his rythm, and at one point said not to forget to give credit to “good old Jo-Willie”). I am not as sure as you that he was aware of the fact that the quality of tennis that he has shown during the clay court season, and especially in the first four matches here, would not be enough to beat Tsonga.
If I understand you correctly, what you are saying that this is as good as he can get at this point, and can’t do anything about it, he better get used to it. If that is what you are saying, I must disagree.
I don’t agree that he can’t do anything about it. While he is not at the top of his game any longer like he was in his prime years, but he can definitely play better than what he has shown in 2013. I remember people saying that he would be on the inevitable decline in 2011, but he came back and had a great period in 2012. He can still have one more like that, but he needs to understand (thus “be aware”) that what he has shown so far this year is not a simple “down period”. At this point, he is playing barely top-10 level. I don;t believe necessarily that he is aware of that and I would be surprised if Annacone and Luthi say to his face straight “Roger, your level of play is terrible, the worst that it has been since 2003, and you will lose to players that you have dominated until now if it stays at this level, you are not even playing at top 5 level”. So having a team does not necessarily translate into the truth being slapped in your face. Tsonga match was not a “day where nothing felt right” like he said after the match... It was nothing less than a typical day at the office for Federer’s 2013 version. He played no better or now worst than the other days. That is why I said prior to the match that I thought he would lose unless he played the best match of the year. He probably would have beaten most players out there yesterday. But not Tsonga. I also don’t agree that being in denial is out of the question. He has been known to be in denial on certain things, for example on how to beat Rafa on clay, his coaches and friends have hinted over the years at the fact that Fed believes he already has the goods to beat every player on any surface without having to learn anything new (McEnroe, Wilander, his ex-coach Tony Roche, etc. all have implied this or said it explicitly, that he is stubborn).