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By Chris Oddo

Federer, 2013 Australian Open (January 19, 2013) -- Roger Federer, fresh off his 250th career Grand Slam victory on Saturday evening, can now turn his efforts toward another impending milestone: his otherworldly Grand Slam quarterfinal streak, which is currently at 34, seven more than Jimmy Connors who held the record until Federer passed him in 2011.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion holds a lot of impressive records, but when it comes to longevity, this quarterfinal streak, along with his precedent-smashing consecutive Grand Slam semifinal streak, which reached 23 Slams and spanned six seasons, are the benchmark.

Robin Soderling ended Federer's semifinal streak at the French Open in 2010, but nobody has defeated Federer before the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam since Gustavo Kuerten defeated him in straight sets at the 2004 French Open.

Also of note on the consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal topic is the fact that Novak Djokovic can move into third all-time on the list if he defeats Stan Wawrinka in the pair's upcoming round of 16 match.

Here are the top 7 players in terms of consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals reached:


# of consecutive Grand Slam QFs

Roger Federer


Jimmy Connors


Ivan Lendl


Novak Djokovic


Bjorn Borg


Rafael Nadal


Pete Sampras


(Photo Credit: Mark Peterson/ Corleve)


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