There will be an all-Swiss quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
Andy Roddick, the only American male still standing at the Aussie, is done. Out.
Roddick lost in three sets (6-3, 6-4, 6-4) to Swiss native and No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka. And so the doldrums continue for American men's tennis.
As for Wawrinka, it sets up a dream match against fellow Swiss and World No. 2 Roger Federer in the Quarterfinals. Federer defeated unseeded Tommy Robredo, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in their Fourth Round match. The win has put Federer in a jaw-dropping 27th consecutive Quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event, which ties an all-time record held by the legendary Jimmy Connors. To put it in perspective, the last time Federer DID NOT reach, at least, the Quarterfinals in a major was at the 2004 French Open when he lost in the Third Round. Oh and by the way, that year, he won all the other three majors.
The Federer-Wawrinka match will be the first time in the Open Era that two men from Switzerland play each other in the Quarterfinals and beyond of a Grand Slam event. Wawrinka, who has understandably taken a back seat to Federer throughout his career has a chance to be the most famous man in Switzerland if he can defeat the great Federer and move on to the Semifinals.
The winner of the all-Swiss match will then face the winner of the other Quarterfinals match between No. 3 Novak Djokovic and No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the Semifinals.
In the end, one of these 4 men (Federer, Wawrinka, Djokovic or Berdych) will face the last man standing from the other bracket in the Final, which everyone anticipates will be World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Unless, of course, No. 4 Robin Soderling or No. 5 Andy Murray have other ideas.
But for now I'm sure Wawrinka is happy with his shot at the great Federer and not to mention being in the same conversation with all the top players in the world.
You deserve it Stan. Good luck!