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Old 12-06-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Old grand slam finalists of the open era (>= 27 years old)

Thought about sharing a personal research ... of course if you see any mistake please tell me

All players who reached a slam final after their 27th birthday in the open era are supposed to be here. For instance if Nadal reaches Roland-Garros (French open) final in 2013 he will join the list with "27 years old" exactly

Players are ordered with numbers according to their age in their last slam final.

The blue colour is for the finals won.

Bolded is when it's their last slam final, bolded blue is when it's their last slam win.

The month is supposed to be correct but I didn't check that precisely, it can be one month more or less, I mean sometimes I considered the number of months fully past, sometimes I rounded the number of months (I mean 27 y 9 m & 28 d is nearly 27 y & 10 m) ; besides I only checked the precise number of days when players were equal. This number of days is supposed to be for the day of the final.



1. Rosewall 39 y 10 m US Open 1974(Connors)
Rosewall 39 y 8 m Wimbledon 1974 (Connors)
Rosewall 37 y 2 m winner Aus open 1972
2. Malcolm Anderson 36 y 10 m Aus Open 1972 (Rosewall)
Rosewall 36 y 2 m winner Aus open 1971
Rosewall 35 y 10 m winner US Open 1970

Rosewall 35 y 8 m Wimbledon 1970 (Newcombe)
3. Agassi 35 y 4 m US Open 2005 (Federer)
4. Gimeno 34 y 10 m winner Roland-Garros 1972
Rosewall 34 y 7 m Roland-Garros 1969 (Laver)
5. Pilic 33 y 9 m Roland-Garros 1973
Rosewall 33 y 7 m winner Roland-Garros 1968
Agassi 32 y 9 m winner Aus open 2003
Agassi 32 y 4 m US Open 2002 (Sampras)
6. Connors 32 y Wimbledon 1984 (McEnroe)
7. Ashe 32 y winner Wimbledon 1975
8. Newcombe 31 y 8 m Aus open 1976 (Edmondson)
Gimeno 31 y 5 m Aus open 1969 (Laver)
9. Laver 31 y 1 m winner US Open 1969
10. Sampras 31 y 1 m winner US Open 2002 (31 y 0 m and 27 d exactly)
Connors 31 y winner US Open 1983 (31 y 0 m and 9 d exactly)
11. Federer 30 y 11 m winner Wimbledon 2012

Laver 30 y 11 m winner Wimbledon 1969
12. Lendl 30 y 10 m Aus open 1991 (Becker)
Agassi 30 y 9 m winner Aus open 2001
Laver 30 y 9 m winner Roland-Garros 1969

Newcombe 30 y 7 m winner Aus open 1975
Laver 30 y 5 m winner Aus open 1969
13. Gomez 30 y 3 m winner Roland-Garros 1990
Sampras 30 y 1 m US Open 2001 (Hewitt)
Connors 30 y winner US Open 1982
14. Korda 30 y winner Aus Open 1998
15. Nastase 29 y 11 m Wimbledon 1976 (Borg)
Laver 29 y 11 m winner Wimbledon 1968
Lendl 29 y 10 m winner Aus open 1990 (29 y 10 m 21 j exactly)
Connors 29 y 10 m winner Wimbledon 1982
Laver 29 y 10 m Roland-Garros 1968 (Rosewall)
Federer 29 y 10 m Roland-Garros 2011 (Nadal)
16. Ivanisevic 29 y 10 m winner Wimbledon 2001
17. Vilas 29 y 10 m Roland-Garros 1982 (Wilander)
Agassi 29 y 9 m winner Aus open 2000
Lendl 29 y 6 m US Open 1989 (Becker)
Agassi 29 y 5 m winner US Open 1999
Newcombe 29 y 4 m winner US Open 1973

Agassi 29 y 2 m Wimbledon 1999 (Sampras)
18. Todd Martin 29 y 2 m US Open 1999 (Agassi)
Sampras 29 y 1 m US Open 2000 (Safin)
Ashe 29 y US Open 1972 (Nastase)
Sampras 28 y 11 m winner Wimbledon 2000
Lendl 28 y 10 m winner Aus open 1989

19. Kim Warwick 28 y 8 m Aus open 1980 (Teacher, 28 y 8 m 27 j)
20. Metreveli 28 y 8 m Wimbledon 1973 (Kodes, boycott)

Newcombe 28 y 7 m winner Aus open 1973
21. Rafter 28 y 6 m Wimbledon 2001 (Ivanisevic)
Lendl 28 y 6 m US Open 1988 (Wilander)
Federer 28 y 5 m winner Aus open 2010
22. Becker 28 y 2 m winner Aus open 1996
Federer 28 y 1 m US Open 2009 (Del Potro)
23. Pioline 28 y Wimbledon 1997 (Sampras)
Federer 27 y 11 m winner Wimbledon 2009
Sampras 27 y 11 m winner Wimbledon 1999
Federer 27 y 10 m winner Roland-Garros 2009

24. Muster 27 y 8 m winner Roland-Garros 1995
Becker 27 y 7 m Wimbledon 1995 (Sampras)
25. Stich 27 y 7 m Roland-Garros 1996 (Kafelnikov)
Rafter 27 y 6 m Wimbledon 2000 (Sampras)
26. Kodes 27 y 6 m US Open 1973 (Newcombe)
Lendl 27 y 6 m winner US Open 1987
Federer 27 y 5 m Aus open 2009 (Nadal)
Vilas 27 y 4 m winner Aus Open 1979 (4m and 16 d)
Kodes 27 y 4 m winner Wimbledon 1973 (boycott) (4m and 7 d)

27. Curren 27 y 4 m Wimbledon 1985 (Becker) (4m & 5 d)
Lendl 27 y 4 m Wimbledon 1987 (Cash) (3 m & 28 d)
Lendl 27 y 3 m winner Roland-Garros 1987
28. Corretja 27 y 2 m Roland-Garros 2001 (Kuerten)
Newcombe 27 y 2 m winner Wimbledon 1971 (1m & 10 d)
Federer 27 y 1 m winner US Open 2008

29. Washington 27 y Wimbledon 1996 (Krajicek) (17 d)
30. Edberg 27 y Australian open 1993 (Courier)
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Great list! Only thing I missed was Jimmy Connors Wimby final 1984 against McEnroe.

Talking about Connors, known like few others for longevity, I find it mildly amusing that he figures in the two highest entries on the list - as the young opponent to Rosewall.
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Great list! Only thing I missed was Jimmy Connors Wimby final 1984 against McEnroe.

Talking about Connors, known like few others for longevity, I find it mildly amusing that he figures in the two highest entries on the list - as the young opponent to Rosewall.
Thanks I added it

yes, and he was typically the young cruel guy to the old Rosewall actually, leaving him very few games ... just as McEnroe was to him in his own last slam final
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Wawrinka enters this list fairly high up. 20th spot, ahead of Metreveli.
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