It has been a bit of a Grand Slam swoon for Roger Federer the past three years on tour.
Two titles in 12 Slam tournaments may be acceptable by most tennis players' standards, but not this 17-time Grand Slam winner.
Not when he’s had multiple Slam victories in half of the last decade. Nor when he holds the men's record for most Slam finals in a career.
At this point, semifinal berths are a formality and nothing short of a title will be worth noting.
At his first crack of Grand Slam glory this year, Federer seems to be accepting those terms and delivering on an extraordinary level.
He has won every Aussie Open match in straight sets, including an impressive annihilation of Canadian Milos Raonic to reach the quarterfinals.
Not to mention, Federer is the only player in the field whose serve has yet to be broken all tournament.
With his win over Raonic, he has added another milestone to his dazzling resumé, per ATP World Tour’s Official Twitter:
If the first half of the Aussie Open is any indication, Federer should have no problem rising to the top at the tournament Down Under.
First he has Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will pose a challenge but is fighting doubts of his own. Tsonga has not made it past this stage since 2010.
If he can dispose of Tsonga, Federer will likely have an opportunity for revenge against Andy Murray.
A victory over the tournament’s No. 3 seed will do wonders for Fed’s perception after losses in the Summer Olympics and U.S. Open.
Murray was once the man who could not supplant Federer, but now the scripts have switched rackets. What makes them different, though, is Fed knows what it takes to win a Slam, while Murray was a longtime second fiddle.
Regardless of the Australian Open result, Federer still has Wimbledon and the U.S. Open on the docket. He has won a jarring 12 titles at those two venues, so closing with two Slams on the 2013’s back end is certainly in play.
Armed with his lightning-quick serve in full form, Federer looks poised for another historic run in 2013. The tennis world already knows the Swiss legend can never be counted out.
If you have any hesitations, check the resume.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.