Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
True, but Federer also had 5 years without Djokovic and ~5 years where Nadal wasn’t yet a great grass/hard court player. Djokovic and Nadal have never played without two all-time greats as rivals.
Federer had 12 Grand Slams going into 2008, which was roughly the time Nadal and Djokovic started to emerge.
And I hate to admit this because Federer is definitely my personal favorite.
EDIT: I may have misunderstood your post. Yes, from a head to head standpoint, Federer was definitely disadvantaged due to being out of his prime, especially against Djokovic.
Right, I just meant for the H2H. Federer caught the tail end of Agassi and Sampras and was 8-3 and 1-0 vs them respectively. Obviously he benefitted on that end.