I've only seen this record mentioned on this board before Fed tied it in Australia. Now he's broken it. http://www.centralchronicle.com/20070609/0906221.htm The last time that a Slam was held and Federer did not appear in the final was the 2005 French Open, where he lost in the semis to Nadal. Edit: Is this the longest-standing record that Fed has broken? It lasted 73 years.