Originally Posted by TennisGrandSlam
After Fed's 30 years old, he wins
2011 : Basel 500, Paris 1000, ATP World Tours Final
2012 : Rotterdam 500, Doha 500, Indian Wells 1000, Madrid Blue Clay 1000, Wimbledon
Totally 8 titles, none of Them are Mickey Mouse 250!
1 Slam, 1 Year End Final, 3 Master Series, 3 500-points Tournament. Also 3 Slam semi-finals!
Idiot tennis-x critics says Federder no. 1 is just calculation, but how many 30+ guy won 8 titles within 52 weeks (may be more than 8)?
Federer's return to no. 1 is due to not only quantity but also quality titles!
True enough. It is exceedingly difficult to win titles past the age of 30, especially post 1990, i.e., the TMS era. The only 30 year-old + players to win 8+ titles in a 52 week span on the ATP circuit are Rod Laver, Arthur Ashe, Ken Rosewall, Andre Agassi, and Roger Federer.
In the TMS era (post 1990), only Agassi and Federer have done it. Agassi did it when he was 32-33 years old.
In fact, only Laver, Ashe, Connors, Agassi, Lendl have even won 8+ titles in total on the ATP circuit past the age of 30.
McEnroe (5), Nastase (6), Newcombe (4), and Sampras (1) all won fewer than 8 titles in aggregate (individually) after turning 30, with Sampras winning just 1.
These players didn't/haven't won any
titles after turning 30 and some didn't even play in to their 30s (injuries, burnout, etc.): Edberg, Becker, Wilander, Muster, Chang, Rafter, Kafelnikov, Rios, Courier, Clerc, Hewitt, Noah, Ivanisevic, Solomon, Davydenko, Guga, Enqvist, Ramirez, Stich, Mecir, Corretja, Safin, and Rafter.
As is evident, it is very, very difficult to win titles past the age of 30, let alone 8 titles in less than 52 weeks, not to mention a slam, a WTF/TMC/ATP Final, and 3 1000 events.