4 Grand Slam records Roger Federer could achieve at the 2020 Australian Open
Roger Federer holds numerous records in tennis. The most decorated player of all time holds the records for most Grand Slam appearances (78), most Grand Slam titles (20), most Grand Slam finals (31), most Grand Slam semifinals (45), most Grand Slam quarterfinals (56) and most Grand Slam match wins (358).
The Swiss maestro's 6th Australian Open title in 2018 came at the 50th edition of the tournament in the Open Era. It was Federer's 20th and most recent Grand Slam title, and marked his first successful title defence at a Grand Slam since the 2008 US Open.
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As the 38-year-old legend prepares to open his 23rd season at the 2020 Australian Open, let us have a look at four Melbourne milestones awaiting the sport's most decorated player:
#1 Most consecutive appearances at the Australian Open
Following his tournament debut in 2000 when he lost to Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the fourth round, Federer has been a regular feature at the Grand Slam tournament down under. Federer'r 11 consecutive semifinals from 2004 to 2014 encompassing four title triumphs is a tournament record.
The 2020 Australian Open would be Federer's 21st consecutive appearance at the tournament, which would break a tie he presently shares with Lleyton Hewitt (1997 - 2016).
#2 First player to record 100 match wins at the Australian Open
Federer has 97 match wins at the Australian Open, which is the most by any player in the tournament.
A run to the second week at the 2020 edition of the tournament next year, assuming he receives no walkovers, would bring up match win # 100 for Federer down under.
It would also make the 20-time Grand Slam champion the first player to bring up a triple-digit win-tally at two different tournaments, and for that purpose, at two different Grand Slam tournaments. Federer has a record 101 match wins at Wimbledon.