I don't think he's going to lose his edge because he lost to Safin. Safin and Federer are the only two players on tour that when they're on, NOBODY stands a chance, arguably on any surface. You can't say that about Roddick, Hewitt, Agassi, or anybody else. They are by far the two most gifted players on tour.
I think people aren't going to fear Federer's game any less but fear Safin EVEN MORE. Maybe he's finally getting his head together. But, then again, if he brain cramps against Hewitt...
This is what all hardcore tennis fans were praying for -- two of the most talented players on the tour, two who are both in the Most Gifted OF ALL TIME Top 10 List, both playing good tennis as they're both approaching their prime. Safin is the only person who can legitimately step up to become a REAL rival to Federer, and everybody knows that nothing makes sports more interesting than a bona fide rivalry. We've been trying to manufacture a rivalry between Roddick and Roger for a while now, and it just wasn't working. This one is real.
I just sort of wish they hated each other a little little bit.
Imagine, if this rivalry plays out, it means they're going to elevate their games way more than they'd have without each other. Imagine, Federer with an ELEVATED GAME!!! It's silly. Silly I tell's ya.