The streak’s stayin’ alive! Roger Federer prevailed in four nervy sets vs. Nikolay Davydenko in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, making it into his 23rd straight Major semifinal.
This is the record that Federer fans take to tennis geek bar fights. Bad head-to-head vs. Nadal and Murray? Weaker field than the Sampras/Agassi era? Big Bill looked better in whites? How ’bout 23 straight Major semifinals? BAM! POW! TKO!
Here’s Roger Federer’s take on the record in his post match presser:
Q. 23 straight Grand Slam semifinals. Where does that rank in your accomplishments, and can you believe it?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, it’s incredible looking back on how many years that is now, you know, I’m able to deliver at Grand Slam play, especially, you know, this year. I think looking at the draw with Hewitt in the fourth round and Davydenko in the quarters, who has been on fire the last weeks and even today, you know, we saw big signs of it, why he’s, you know, such a great player.
So for some reason I was just a bit worried I was not gonna make it this time in the semis. You always believe the streak is gonna be broken. I stopped thinking about it after the second round on and just started focusing on the tournament.
It helps once the tournament starts. You focus match for match and point for point, so I forget about the record. Now obviously that it’s safe again and I’ve been able to add one. It’s amazing. Definitely one of the most incredible things I have in my resume.
Let’s take a look at that resume. . .
THE RECORD: ROGER FEDERER’S 23 STRAIGHT MAJOR SEMIFINALS
Wimbledon: defeated Sebastien Grosjean 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(6) (beat Roddick in the final)
U.S. Open: defeated Tim Henman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 (double-bageled Lleyton Hewitt in the final)
Australian Open: lost to Marat Safin 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(6), 7-9
French Open: lost to Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6
Wimbledon: defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) (beat Andy Roddick in the final)
U.S. Open: defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 (beat Andre Agassi in the final)
Australian Open: defeated Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 (beat Marcos Baghdatis in the final)
French Open: defeated David Nalbandian 3-6, 6-4, 5-2 RET (lost to Rafael Nadal in the final)
Wimbledon: defeated Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 (beat Rafael Nadal in the final)
U.S. Open: defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 (beat Andy Roddick in the final)
Australian Open: defeated Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 (beat Fernando Gonzalez in the final)
French Open: defeated Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-6(5), 7-6(7) (lost to Rafael Nadal in the final)
Wimbledon: defeated Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 (beat Rafael Nadal in the final)
U.S. Open: defeated Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-1, 7-5 (beat Novak Djokovic in the final)
Australian Open: lost to Novak Djokovic 5-7, 3-6, 6-7(5)
French Open: defeated Gael Monfils 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 (won four games vs. Rafael Nadal in the final)
Wimbledon: defeated Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-4 (lost to Rafael Nadal in the final)
U.S. Open: defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 (beat Andy Murray in the final)
Australian Open: defeated Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 (lost to Rafael Nadal in the final)
French Open: defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 3-6, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 (beat Robin Soderling for his first ever Roland Garros title!)
Wimbledon: defeated Tommy Haas 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-3 (beat Andy Roddick in the final)
U.S. Open: defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 (lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the final)
Australian Open: plays the winner of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic in the semifinal
Now here’s the question: