I know for many on mugstennisforums, the focus is not on the individual player but tennis.
So how has tennis fared this year?
Did tennis win when Murray won his first grand slam in US 2012 (answer = yes)?
Has Jerzy Janowicz saved tennis in Paris?
Did Nishikori beating Raonic save tennis?
Has tennis lost or gained by Nadal's injuries? Did Rosol save or lose tennis?
2) No, he needs to beat Ferrer.
4) Neutral; Rosol saved tennis, but losing Nadal for a while is a bad thing (even if he would have ended up a non-issue at the USO).
So yes, tennis has won, but truly, Ferrer needs to lose tomorrow to really cement it.