Hehe, moneychoice, you could say that [about the 30+ guys doing well]
Yes, I dislike the lack of respect towards great achievers by boisterous and arrogant comments by the younger lot.
I especially love Roger Federer because I think he is largely responsible for upping the ante in the game of mens tennis after the Sampras-Agassi generation faded away. No amount of superlatives could sum my admiration for this man. Beautiful game, perfect attitude, impeccable on and off the court, respects the traditions and history of the game, a perfect role model.
He almost single-handedly attracted many new fans to the game and pulled back others who had started dropping out after Sampras left. Rafael Nadal played his part in serving as the ideal foil to the elegance and grace of the Swiss. As Nadal and even Djokovic have admitted, they wouldn't have been the great players they are today if it weren't for Federer who raised the level of the game so much. It took them a few years to hound him and finally catch up. Even the next lot [Tsonga, Ferrer, Berdych and co] have really begun catching up with some top class play.
About Djokovic, yeah, he does seem kinda arrogant at times. I believe it's just this new modern "in thing" for youngsters to be brash in the name of confidence. It's in all fields these days. I do not like unnecessary attitude and humility really attracts me. [Hehe, maybe it's 'cause I have seen that in ample measure in my family. My father has been an international sportsperson, and recipient of the highest sporting honour conferred upon a sportsperson by the government of India...and he won it at age 19 :) And I have never seen him boast about his accomplishments ever.] Other Indian sporting heroes of mine are Sachin Tendulkar [cricket] or Vishwanathan Anand [chess].
That's why I dislike this brazen "attitude" by many today.
Coming back to Federer, I think he even had a profound effect on the behaviour of many players. "How can I behave such and such when the greatest player today is so humble?"
Hehe, well, Murray certainly did reply to that Djokovic comment in the perfect way at the US Open final last year
He definitely has the talent, and has been the only guy to consistently beat the top 3 over the past few years. After his US Open victory last year, and the mental block gone, he should be joining the party now.
What is amazing is how the grip of the top 3 [especially Roger and Rafa] have had on the grand slams and the masters 1000s over the past many years. It's remarkable how they have maintained their level of play and not allowed anyone to break into this elite winners club. Federer is clearly on the decline, which is natural, but still in the world's top 4. That says a lot about his class.
I do not really like Serena's attitude but I'm a fan of her determination and achievements on the court. She deserves respect for her comeback to the top after the illnesses she had in recent years.
Normally I like the underdog to win, but when it's Roger Federer, I'm always rooting for him. Hope to see something spectacular from the legend this English summer