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Updated: August 22, 2014, 7:27 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the most celebrated and stylized rituals in the civilized world. Every other day at 11:30 a.m. local time (summer hours), brass instruments blare, horses parade and the royal sentinels stiffly rotate for another shift.

In tennis, this transition is somewhat less precise.

Still, only a few miles from downtown London at this year's Wimbledon tournament, we might have seen the beginning of a tectonic shift in the men's game:

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