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Roger Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is chasing a record-tying sixth straight US Open title.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a special look at Roger Federer as the Swiss chases a sixth US OPEN title.

FEDERER GRAND SLAM SEMI-FINAL STREAK

Roger Federer is looking to capture his sixth consecutive US OPEN title, the most since Bill Tilden won six straight from 1920-25. Since losing in the third round at Roland Garros to Gustavo Kuerten in 2004, Federer has reached the semi-finals or better in a record 21 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Kuerten was ranked No. 30 at the time and since that loss Federer also has not lost to a player outside the Top 5 in Grand Slam action, compiling a 119-0 mark. Here is a breakdown by Grand Slam tournament against players ranked outside the Top 5 beginning with 2004 Wimbledon:

Grand Slam W-L
Australian Open 29-0
Roland Garros 27-0
Wimbledon 35-0
US OPEN 28-0

Note: During the streak, he's either won the title (13 times) or lost to the eventual champion (8 times).



NO. 1 RANKED PLAYERS FARE WELL AT US OPEN

Since 1978 every US OPEN champion has been ranked No. 1 in the ATP World Tour Rankings at one stage in their career. Overall, 15 of the 24 players to rank No. 1 (since 1973) have captured the US OPEN. Here is a list of the champions to rank No. 1:

Player US OPEN Title First-Time No. 1
Roger Federer 2004-08 2004
Andy Roddick 2003 2003
Pete Sampras 1990, '93, '95-96, 2002 1993
Lleyton Hewitt 2001 2001
Marat Safin 2000 2000
Andre Agassi 1994, '99 1995
Patrick Rafter 1997-98 1999
Stefan Edberg 1991-92 1990
Boris Becker 1989 1991
Mats Wilander 1988 1988
Ivan Lendl 1985-87 1983
John McEnroe 1979-81, '84 1980
Jimmy Connors 1974,'76,'78, '82-83 1974
John Newcombe 1973 1974
Ilie Nastase 1972 1973


GRAND SLAM TITLE BREAKTHROUGH AT US OPEN

Since Wimbledon in 2003 when Roger Federer won his first of 15 Grand Slam titles, only four other players - Andy Roddick, Gaston Gaudio, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - have broken through to earn their first Slam title. Roddick became the 10th player to win his first Grand Slam crown at the US OPEN in 2003, joining an elite group of players:

Arthur Ashe 1968
Stan Smith 1971
Ilie Nastase 1972
Manuel Orantes 1975
John McEnroe 1979
Pete Sampras 1990
Patrick Rafter 1997
Marat Safin 2000
Lleyton Hewitt 2001
Andy Roddick 2003

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