Flawless performance from Federer

It was just one of those days. After a mighty uphill struggle in his last round, vintage Roger Federer was on display, dismantling Juan Martin del Potro to reach his 19th straight Grand Slam semifinal.

Updated: January 27, 2009, 5:43 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- One of the greatest records in tennis history is still alive, and for once we're not talking about Roger Federer's quest for a 14th Grand Slam title at this year's Australian Open.

We're talking instead about his streak of 19 straight Grand Slam semifinals. Stretching back nearly four years, it's nearly double Ivan Lendl's previous record (10) and represents an incredible show of consistency on the game's biggest stages.

Federer hit the mark in style, producing ...

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