Tomic outsliced Lalo, Raonic outserved Llodra, Berankis outhit Nalbandian (ok, Nalbandian was sick, but still) and Nishikori outrhythmchanged Mayer. Feels kinda weird, these old guys were junior players in the beginning of my tennis following and now are replaced by improved versions.
We should be appreciative of Federer though, because we will never see anything like him again. The fact he can still compete for slams ever after the erosion of his physical skills is really a greater testament to the natural talent he has than the period of time when he was dominating the tour.
True, Nishikori has been around for a while though have to remember once he came back after a year off people in GM were acting outraged "who is this no name?" and mind he had already some fantastic scores *before* that break.
It's funny that it's been just about three years since Kei won that title in Delray Beach and how evident his impressive game and mentality was already then. The game today is just so freaking physical, and with his stature I will sadly always fear he can't help but exert himself in most of his matches as he won't ever be able to win a whole lot of free or cheap points.
I wish Nishikori was a bit stronger physically - dude has mad game and tons of talent. Berankis, although short in stature, seems to be very strong kid, so no fears here probably. Tomic pushes too much for my liking, so I'm indifferent towards him really.
You know you're an epic level mug if you get double bageled by Petzschner