Federer will now use his recovery time to the utmost advantage, get a proper confidence boost from Mirka, and sweep the next 3 majors. He'll set a new record for most titles at Wimbledon and the US Open and finish #1 for the year. Book it.
Here's how:Roland Garros projection:
Murray, Nadal and Berdych in Djokovic half, Ferrer, Del Potro and Tsonga in Federer's half.
Nadal beats Djokovic in the QF in 5 sets, but then Murray beats a tired and hurting Nadal in 4 sets in the semifinal. Nadal simply did not have enough preparation and fitness this year for best of 5 set matches against the best players.
In the SF, Federer disposes of Ferrer in 3 sets and sees off Murray in 4 sets to win his second Roland Garros title.Wimbledon projection:
Nadal defeats Rosol (Wimbledon loves arranging repeat classic matches [see Isner-Mahut]), but then loses to Janowicz.
Djokovic loses indoors on slippery grass, falling to Del Potro in QF.
Berdych loses in 2nd round to Gulbis, Gulbis loses in next round to Ferrer.
Federer survives 5 set epic second round with Tommy Haas, then cruises to the final as his possible dangerous opponents fall earlier.
Tsonga loses to Murray in QF.
Del Potro loses to Murray in SF.
Federer beats Murray in 5 sets to win record 8th Wimbledon title.
Murray cries again and says he is still getting closer to winning Wimbledon. Wimbledon King Federer consoles Murray and magnanimously proclaims: "Look, I'm sure Andy will win at least 1 Wimbledon Championships title.", and promptly receives a thankful hug from Andy of the Murray clan.US Open projection:
Nadal defeats his Spanish Armada compatriots, Andujar, Granollers, Verdasco and Almagro, but after beating Andy Murray in an exhausting 5 set QF, is forced to withdraw before playing Novak Djokovic in the SF.
On Monday, Djokovic who has not played since the Thursday QF when he beat Berdych, plays Federer in the final. After Federer saves 3 SP in 3rd set and takes it, Nole saves 2 MP in the 4th set and tears his shirt off prematurely. Djokovic saves 4 CP in a rocking 5th set tiebreaker, but Federer saves 6 CP, winning the tiebreaker 16-14 and the championship.
After the match during the on court speeches, Djokovic, asked if the extra days off hurt him, polite as ever, shook off that excuse and exclaimed "It's no shame to lose to the GOAT, just please, please, can you retire already?"
After winning his 20th Grand Slam title and a record 6 US Open titles, and asked what's left for him to accomplish, Federer announces, "I may compete in the 2020 Olympics if I'm not allowed to win the singles Gold in Rio, and...oh yes there is the Jimmy Connors' title record, but we'll see how that goes."
Javi pipe dream over.