First off, thanks Nigel for a great report - maintaining the standard that brought me to MW.
......Thirdly, I would like to take a leaf from our hero's book and show some grace towards Roger Federer. Although I share many of the opinions discussed on MW, I think we should acknowledge Fed's extraordinary career.
His slam record may never be beaten and there is no doubt that he has been a huge influence for good in this golden age of tennis. He is a one-off.
I believe though, that today's result signals the end of an era. I think Fed has won his last slam and I wouldn't be surprised if he has competed in his last AO. There is no doubt in my mind that the new guard have taken over, and a new era has begun.
The King is dead : Long Live the King !!
It's important to acknowlege RFs acheivements and realise that all good things must come to an end...all players will eventually start to declining. The clock is ticking too for Novak, Andy and Rafa etc., etc.
I'm not a RF fan because his on court personality doesnt appeal to me, but I admire his tennis. If we expect Andy to be treated with respect we should afford the same to other players.