|Federer d. Hewitt 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in R16 of 2010 Australian Open|
Federer, who will be playing in his 114th career final, has become accustomed to meeting the home-favorite in finals. This will be his 19th meeting against a player who represents the country that the tournament is held in. In the previous 18 finals, Federer holds a record of 13-5, including a nine-match winning streak that spanned from 2003 to 2009.
However, Federer's recent record in these finals should give Hewitt some hope. Federer has won just one of the last three, which includes his straight-set loss against Andy Murray in the Gold Medal match in London.
Here is a look at all of the finals in Federer's career against players on home soil:
|1||2002||Milan||Davide Sanguinetti||L 6-7(2), 6-4, 1-6|
|2||2002||Miami||Andre Agassi||L 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|3||2003||Halle||Nicolas Kiefer||W 6-1, 6-3|
|4||2003||Masters Cup||Andre Agassi||W 6-3, 6-0, 6-4|
|5||2005||Cincinnati||Andy Roddick||W 6-3, 7-5|
|6||2005||US Open||Andre Agassi||W 6-3, 7-6(0), 4-6, 6-3|
|7||2006||Indian Wells||James Blake||W 7-5, 6-3, 6-0|
|8||2006||US Open||Andy Roddick||W 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1|
|9||2007||Cincinnati||James Blake||W 6-1, 6-4|
|10||2008||Halle||Philipp Kohlschreiber||W 6-3, 6-4|
|11||2009||Madrid||Rafael Nadal||W 6-4, 6-4|
|12||2010||Madrid||Rafael Nadal||L 4-6, 6-7(5)|
|13||2010||Cincinnati||Mardy Fish||W 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4|
|14||2011||Paris||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||W 6-1, 7-6(3)|
|15||2012||Indian Wells||John Isner||W 7-6(7), 6-3|
|16||2012||Halle||Tommy Haas||L 6-7(5), 4-6|
|17||2012||Wimbledon||Andy Murray||W 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4|
|18||2012||London Olympics||Andy Murray||L 2-6, 1-6, 4-6|
One of reasons that Federer is so great for the sport of tennis is that he is internationally loved. However, this table shows that there are several countries that maybe shouldn't love him as much as they do. Federer has spoiled the United States' hopes of having a winner from their country nine times. He has done the same twice in Germany and one time in Italy, Spain, France, and Great Britain. Today, Federer will try to add Australia to that list for his 78th career title, which by the way, will put him ahead of John McEnroe for career titles won, moving him into third place in the Open Era.