In his 999th career ATP Tour match, Federer took on young Australian Bernard Tomic. The teenager has captivated the home crowds in the first week, upsetting Fernando Verdasco in the first round (coming back from 2 sets to love) and defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round. On Sunday night however, it was Federer who took over. Both players stayed even until 4-all in the first set, when the Swiss maestro settled in and broke serve, immediately serving out the set. Much more relaxed, Federer cruised to a two set lead, and along the way, dazzled the crowd at Rod Laver Arena with variety of spins, pace, direction and drop shots. He would go on to defeat Tomic, 6-4 6-2 6-2, and extend his winning streak to 23 matches, dating to 2011.
The win creates more history for Federer, who now has 231 wins in grand slams (record: Connors, 233), and is playing his 49th consecutive grand slam (record: Fereira, 56). He has now reached 31 consecutive grand slam quarterfinals, and out of those 31, he has reached 27 grand slam semifinals. The Swiss maestro will be looking to make that 28 grand slam semifinals out of the last 31 when he takes on Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals.
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Federer serves out the match and joins Jim Courier for his post match interview.