London: Thanks for the memories Roger and Rafa, but it's the Novak and Andy show now.
     
Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph on Sunday, when he beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final, was Britain's first by a male player since 1936.
     
But it also re-emphasized the new dominance at the Grand Slam level of the world's two top players, both aged 26 and born just seven days apart.
     
Djokovic and Murray have now contested three of the last four Grand Slam finals.
     
Meanwhile, Roger Federer, the deposed champion of Wimbledon who was knocked out in the second round this time around, will find himself at number five in the world on Monday, his lowest ranking for over a decade.
     
Until he won his seventh Wimbledon 12 months ago, the 31-year-old had not won a major since the 2010 Australian Open, a 10-tournament gap at the majors.
     
Rafael Nadal, like Federer a former world number one, was shocked in the first round at Wimbledon for his earliest ever exit at a major in 10 years as a professional.
     
The 27-year-old Spaniard, who was off tour for seven months before his barnstorming return saw him capture a record eighth French Open, has not won a major away from Paris since the 2010 US Open.
     
In all 33 of the last 34 Grand Slams have been won by Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal, but seven of the last 11 have been taken by the world number one Serb and the world number two British player.
     
This year alone, Djokovic has won his fourth Australian Open, lost a tight five-setter to Nadal in the French Open semi-finals before his runner-up spot to Murray at Wimbledon.
     
Murray was runner-up to Djokovic in Melbourne and skipped Paris because of a back injury.
     
But Federer, the holder of a record 17 majors, was a beaten semi-finalist in Australia and a quarter-finalist at the French Open.

(Agencies)

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