When Roger Federer won his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2012, not only did he extend his record of most Grand Slam titles won in men's history, he also became one of the 10 oldest players to have won a Major.
Now, he has won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017, thus climbing even further up the list of oldest Slam winners.
Here’s a look at the nine oldest tennis players in the Open Era to have won a Major.
#Note: Only Open Era wins have been considered.
#9 John Newcombe (Australia)
Australian John Newcombe beat World No. 1 Jimmy Connors in the Australian Open final in 1975 at the age of 30 years, 7 months and 9 days to make it to this list at ninth place.
Newcombe beat Connors with the following score-line: 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(9-7).
#8 Jimmy Connors (United States of America)
In the 1983 finals of the US Open, 3rd-ranked Jimmy Connors defeated 2nd-placed Czech star Ivan Lendl to become the eighth oldest person to have won a Major title.
At that time Connors age was 31 years and 9 days old. He won the match 6-3, 6-7(2-7), 7-5, 6-0.
#7 Pete Sampras (United States of America)
When Pete Sampras beat compatriot Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final for his 14th Major, he also made another record. He became the seventh oldest person to have won a Grand Slam title at the age of 31 years and 27 days.
Sampras won the final with the score line 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.