The title of the thread should be is Djokovic the protector of Federer's legacy? The answer would be yes. The Serb has just arrived in time to stop Nadal catching Federer in terms of majors won.
That is pretty well said right there. Djokovic has arrived alright, what remains to be seen is how will he stay...
The Djoker has always had the game to stop Nadal but Nadal has always had the mental edge, that is until this year. There is no doubt that Nadal fears the Djoker now more than ever. He used to fear the Djoker but only on hard courts but things have changed. The question is will Nadal do a Roddick from now onwards. Roddick got destroyed mentally by Federer that he started to lose to players he used to beat. Will Nadal go the same? Nadal is stronger mentally compared to Roddick so he will not wilt under pressure. I still expect the Djoker to win the majority of matches against Nadal from here onwards, that is of course if the Djoker does not go backwards in his game.
Well have to wait until RG 2012 to see about that. His ranking will then be very telling.