I never thought Fed would get back to this level, beating an inform Murray and then Nole is something.
Fed's play was all court tennis, a beautiful display.
Coming in early on the second serve blew me away.
It's not as clear cut as that. While Murray is definitely in form he was visibly tired from the start of this tournament. He almost went out to Dimitrov (and I so wish it was the case) and then struggled again against Gasquet and dropped another set there. The only reason why he continued to play despite being very tired was because he wanted to retain his No. 2 position before going into the USO. On top of that, his victory over Djokovic only a few days earlier was huge as he hadn't seen any win over him since 2013 Wimbledon, so that took a lot of his drive away. So while Murray was in form, he wasn't particularity the in form player here in Cincy.
As to Nole, he too was tired as well. And he typically doesn't do as well after winning Wimbledon - that's why I said on the USO thread that this title is up for grab. He wins a lot in the first half of the season so obviously he becomes a bit tired around this time and I take it Wimbledon means a great deal to him, so he becomes a bit comfortable after winning it. He had quite the battle against Murray just a few days ago which took a lot out of him and was looking not his best throughout this tournament. He dropped sets against the likes of Goffin, Dolgopolov etc. for example so he was looking shaky from the get go. And I felt he was too keen on getting the revenge on Wawrinka and spent a lot of energy there.
As to Federer, he hadn't played any tournament since Wimbledon and was very fresh plus the organizers gave him all the night schedule until the semi and that helped him reserve as much energy as possible. And then there's the soft draw - Lopez was overwhelmed after beating Nadal for the first time and Anderson is never a threat to any top player. All the while when Murray had to deal with solid players like Dimitrov and Gasquet and Nole, the toughest of them all, Wawrinka.
Federer is always very clever with his scheduling and timing we all know it. He skipped Montreal on purpose and Cincinnati has always been one of his favourtie tournaments (like Dubai, Halle etc.) as he gets a lot of fan support and that gives him a lot of extra confidence.
Federer played very well but it will be obnoxious to overlook all that. As tennis fans, you guys should be aware of these things.