Still, Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champ, has won 12 straight Grand Slam matches dating to the 2016 US Open, where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final. “I’m happy for him that he’s gotten this far but he doesn’t need to go one step further,” Federer said. “Stan, I’m joking somewhat.” Federer has a winning record against every man remaining in the tournament except for his longtime rival Nadal, who faces Raonic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Nadal is 23-11 against Federer. Speaking on ESPN, newly-minted Hall of Famer Andy Roddick says he likes Federer to win the tournament so long as he doesn’t have to play Nadal in the final. “Nothing much has changed in 15 years,” Roddick said of the Federer-Nadal rivalry.
Federer is 18-3 against his countryman Wawrinka pic.twitter.com/egWiDiATOT— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 24, 2017
Roddick also said a Federer-Nadal final would be the greatest — and most significant — Grand Slam match in history. “Who wouldn’t want to see a match up between Roger and Rafa with history on the line?” Roddick told the Sunday Morning Herald. “If you think about the historical significance of what that match would look like, one at 14 slams, one at 17 slams, Rafa wins, it’s 15-17, and the French Open is around the corner, it’s back on. It’s literally game on for the most slams ever. If Roger wins, it’s 18-14. I don’t know that that divide gets made up. “If that happens, it has to be the most important match in Australian Open history and possibly grand slam history.” And like ZAGS on Facebook
Federer has a decisive winning record against everyone remaining except Rafa of course.Nadal plays Raonic in QF. pic.twitter.com/19XcvAUzES — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 24, 2017