Like a hatchet wielding lumberjack, Robin Soderling trudged his way into the studio and brutally destroyed the artist. Roger Federer's dazzle was not enough to thwart the relentless, ferocious violence which evicted the former champion from his domicile. The four-set victory by the chest-pounding Swede might have marked a monolithic moment in the evolution of tennis, where artistry and genius - no matter how majestic and brilliant - will succumb to the pure power of the modern big men. Kind of like how Martina Hingis was overthrown by "big babe tennis" - as Mary Carillo called it. Perhaps we saw a first glimpse of things to come at last year's U.S. Open final where Federer was subdued in five sets by the heavy hitting of Juan Martin Del Potro. It seems that these new giants of the court have developed an extra level of leverage, strength and racquet head speed which the greatest champion of all time can't find the solution for.Dazed from watching Soderling 49 winners zip by him, Federer tried to point some of the blame on the rainy conditions, saying the defeat to Soderling related to his previous two losses on clay this year, where rain and wet conditions hampered his optimal game. But that could be a desperate grasp from a man who still is not quite sure what really hit him on Chatrier Court.After this annihilation of the incomparable Swiss maestro - who earlier in the tournament firmly stated that he is a better clay court player now than he was five years ago - the tennis kingdom might have witnessed the inevitable changing of the guard. And the termination of an era now to be reigned over by this new, full-throttle, almost robotic baseline style of smashing winners all over the court. Federer will soon drop to #2 in the ATP rankings. The artist, after a long and illustrious career of creating magic, might have met his master in these towering, merciless machines who seemingly would rather crush the ball and the opponent rather than play with them.The silent and ruthless fury of Soderling - in a matter of hours on Tuesday afternoon in Paris - has severely altered the balance of power in the tennis universe which could change the sport as we know it.