Federer is back to number 1 by winning Wimbledon, while Nadal slips to number 3 by failing to reach the semi-finals of Rogers Cup last week.

NY Times’ tennis blog, Straight Sets muses on the level and intensity of the sport’s top players. By quarterfinals of last week’s Rogers Cup, all top 8 players were the only ones remaining.

Beyond the considerable shadow cast by the two greatest players of their generation, the rest of the top 10 remains deep and dangerous. Perhaps not since the days of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, among others, has there been so much talent clustered at the top of men’s tennis.

“This is as deep as the men’s game has been since the early ’80s,” said Larry Stefanki, a coach and pro for 30 years. “This is as good as I’ve seen it. You have 10 guys every week challenging for titles.”

I’m kind of deprived of tennis TV, thanks to Balls’ choosing boring WTA over ATP, so I’m relying mostly on online feeds. Read the rest of the story: “An Era Defined by More Power, More Speed and Unmatched Depth

On another note, Nike compliments Federer by adding twin baby figures on his US Open shoes.

federer's nike shoes with twin baby icons