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Federer is a man for all surfaces

Updated: January 29, 2004, 9:58 AM ET
By MaliVai Washington | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- No. 2 seed Roger Federer is performing as well as he ever has. If Federer can continue, it's hard to think anyone, even in fifth gear, will be able to beat him.

In his four-set quarterfinals win over David Nalbandian, it was surprising how successful Federer was despite staying on the baseline. That bodes well for a player like Federer, who is equally competent coming in to serve and volley.

In Friday's match (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET), we'll see No. 3 seed Juan Carlos ...

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