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US Open Diary - Federer's Numbers Game

Day 10

Roger Federer© Getty ImagesFederer has reached 22 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals.

Numbers Game
There’s never any shortage of numbers on the line when Roger Federer takes the court. Here’s three of interest following his quarter-final win over Swede Robin Soderling: Federer has made 22 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals, more than twice as many as Ivan Lendl, who used to hold the record of 10 straight. During that streak, Federer’s record in Grand Slams against players outside the Top 5 is 124-0. And he improved his unbeaten record against Soderling to 12 wins from 12 meetings.

A Rare Club
During Federer's 22 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals streak he has lost only to three players in the majors: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Marat Safin.

Double Digit Defeats
Another number of note: Soderling is one of four players against whom Federer has a perfect record after more than 10 meetings. He is 12-0 against Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko and 10-0 against Mikhail Youzhny and Jarkko Nieminen.

Paes In Two Finals
He may be 36, but Leander Paes shows no sign of slowing down. The Indian veteran is enjoying one of his best-ever Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the men’s doubles final and the mixed doubles final. And he's still got some of the fastest hands in the game. On Thursday Paes and Lukas Dlouhy upset defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 in the third set after clinching their fifth match point. Paes and Dlouhy will attempt to win their second major of the season, having previously won at Roland Garros. Paes is also in the mixed doubles final with Zimbabwe’s Cara Black. The pair will play Americans Travis Parrott and Carly Gullickson.

Dlouhy At Home In New York
Dlouhy has also played some of his best tennis at the US Open in recent years. He has now reached the final three straight years, having finished runner-up with Paes last year and fellow Czech Pavel Vizner in 2007.

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