So Fed notches up the 750th win of his career and in so doing, ties Edberg for the record of having won the most matches at the Australian Open in the Open Era (56 match wins). For a moment I thought that Roger would have to wait until next year to add this record to his long list of achievements, but it's great to see him pull through in the end.
Needless to say, a win against Malisse in R3 would see him overtake his childhood idol. On that note though, does anyone know the record for most consecutive R3 or better performances at Grand Slam tournaments (without absences from slams during the streak)?
From the top of my head, Federer holds the record for most consecutive 2nd rounds (31), 3rd rounds (31 - Lendl 2nd with 28), QFs (26), SFs (23) and Fs (10). Lendl holds the record for consecutive 4th rounds (28), Ferreira for 1st rounds (56) and Laver for Wins (4).
Today he also achieved his 12th consecutive 3rd round performance at the Australian. He is still undefeated in 1st and 2nd round Hardcourt Slam matches (46-0).