This was Grand
Slam title number 10 for Federer, who at just 25 years of age remains in the
passing lane as he approaches the intersection of Sampras and Laver. The gap
that separates him from the rest of the field? It's still as vast as the
If you're looking
for changes in the balance of power, best to fix your gaze on the women's game.
After her victory in Melbourne, Williams is ranked No. 14, and, having stared
down five seeds and then run roughshod over Sharapova in a 6--1, 6--2 win that
took all of 63 minutes, Williams is--just like that--again in rarefied air.
"Like I always say, when I'm playing well, it doesn't matter who they
are," she says. "It's difficult for anyone to beat me."
By her own
admission she might have a big caboose. But damn if she isn't back to being the