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Old ATP players and the fountain of youth

I was looking at tennis stuff again since the US Open began and i'm stunned at how many 30+ ATP players made improbable Grand Slam SF or better runs

I call to mind Fereirra's 2003 Aussie open stunner
And Johnny Mac's 1992 run to the semis that both were derailed by my favorite player historically Agassi

And of course since it's the US Open now, i will never forget Connors's 39th birthday run

But i have no idea who has made such a improbable run at an advanced age in Roland Garros.
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Re: Old ATP players and the fountain of youth

Andres Gomez (ECU) was 30 when he won RG in 1990 (def. AA 6-3 2-6 6-4 6-4).

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Re: Old ATP players and the fountain of youth

Now i remember, but then again he was only 30. Has there been anyone older who made a semi in Roland Garros?
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Now i remember, but then again he was only 30. Has there been anyone older who made a semi in Roland Garros?
The oldest winner ever was Andres Gimeno. He was 34 when he won the French in 1972.

And I don't know if this is a record, but Pancho Gonzales made the semi in 1968 when he was 40, despite clay being his weakest surface, as he was a serve and volleyer.

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And I don't know if this is a record, but Pancho Gonzales made the semi in 1968 when he was 40, despite clay being his weakest surface, as he was a serve and volleyer.
Gonzales also made it to the USO semifinals that year, where he was beaten by Tom Okker... and at that time the USO was still played on grass!
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federer is bound to win RG, probably when nadal retires
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How old was Sergi Bruguera when he made the final and lost to Kuerten in '97?

But it's not surprising - the terre battue of RG is the most physical of tennis surfaces. Hard to break through at the age of 30+ unless you are supremely fit.

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Bjorkman made the semis at Wimbledon just 2 years ago when he was 34.
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How old was Sergi Bruguera when he made the final and lost to Kuerten in '97?

But it's not surprising - the terre battue of RG is the most physical of tennis surfaces. Hard to break through at the age of 30+ unless you are supremely fit.
he was 26
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Ken Rosewall won the US Open in 1970 at 36 yrs of age... made the final of Wimbledon in 1974 at the age of 40 yrs, in the Open era... 20 years after he made the Wimbledon final in 1954... tho, he did lose 4/4 W finals...

Rosewall cannot be included with the others guys in this thread because he was a real man...

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federer is bound to win RG, probably when nadal retires
Nadal will probably retire in about 2 years or so...so yea that makes sense.

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Nadal will probably retire in about 2 years or so...so yea that makes sense.
i understand this also... tho, i have heard that his new cast iron replacement knees have already been built... no need for duct tape anymore...

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