Johnny Mac has always been fan of Roger; Johnny Mac in my opinion is one of the most fair announcers you'll see, other than Ted Robinson. John has noted and the game MISSED Rafa's presence which is freaking true.
I think John's comments during the Roger match was that he wanted to see match. He expected Roger to "wake up" and play better as John actual said during the match. Also, John stated "where Roger's plan b"? The truth is Roger does not have a plan b because he has never had to had one before. But now later in his career, Roger is finding that he needs to have a plan b and plan c against a few of the top players.
Tsonga has great talent but is now finally starting to play more consistent. I think Johnny Mac and others were stunned that Roger didn't wake up just as many of us were saddened with Tsonga's play in the semis.
Regarding Rafa catching Roger's record, I doubt it. I love Rafa but I don't think his knees will allow him to play more than 2 to 3 years, tops. He's going to limited hard court season due to the knees. Both Rafa and Tony Nadal DID NOT think Rafa would play pro tennis again, period. Rafa said in his interview with John that he virtually did not practice tennis for 6 months!!!!
I dont' respect anything Jimmy Connors did. He was and still is a sack of manure.