It does seem to be Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's time, but if household names Petr Korda and Andres Gomez could win Slams past 30, why not the artful Roger?

hfialkov@tribune.com

Youth will be served

Paul Doyle

Hartford Courant

He's had one of the great runs in tennis history, dominating the sport for the last decade. But Roger Federer's days as a Grand Slam champion are probably over.

Federer will be 30 next month and he's clearly lost a smidge of foot speed.

And Federer will be facing nothing but waves of younger, quicker opponents as he moves forward. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal is in his prime at age 25 and will always be standing in Federer's path. When Nadal falters, 24-year-old Novak Djokovic — the next No. 1 player in the world — represents another obstacle.

So his record of 16 major titles will stand, at least until Nadal makes a run at the mark. Either way, Federer has left his imprint on the sport.

pdoyle@courant.com