Roger Federer has come through to the second week of a major for the 27th consecutive time, tying him with Jimmy Connors for the all-time record of Quarter-Final appearances.
It has become near certainty that Federer will manage his way through the draw during the first week of slams.
However, 2011 has not been as easy as past slam events, and Federer was tested again early on.
First, he had to battle his way through a surprising five set match in the second round against Gilles Simon.
Simon owned a career 2-0 record against Federer, and many experts highlighted this match when the draw was made; as a potential stumbling point. Federer managed to avoid the upset and progress on to the third round.
In the third round, Federer again found himself in a battle. However, this time it was not his opponent, but instead it would be what could only be described as boredom. Federer would come away with a fairly unimpressive straight sets win over Malisse.
Next in Round of 16, Federer would find himself playing against a familiar opponent in the tricky Spaniard Tommy Robredo. Not too many people expected much of a fight from the current world No. 52. Yet again, Federer ended up playing an unnecessary four set match; when he had a lapse of concentration in the second set. He was virtually untouchable in the first set, came down to earth in the second, then finished up in the third and fourth sets with relative ease.
As we enter week two of the 2011 Australian Open, I will examine the top 10 threats still awaiting Federer in his quest for a 5th Australian Open title.