And now, for the first time in his career, he's going deeper in a major draw than Federer, whose long shadow over tennis is fast receding. It got pretty dark under there for Wawrinka, but he's not blaming the 17-time slam champion for that. "I'm really thankful for him because he helped me a lot," said Wawrinka, savoring his moment. Still, he has to make the moment last. He has to keep matching forward, keep carrying that flag all the way until the end before anyone will call him a true standard-bearer.