Roger Federer follows Gonzales, Rosewall and Connors at Wimbledon as..


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Less than a month before the 38th birthday, Roger Federer has made back-to-back Grand Slam semi-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, advancing to the last four at the All England Club for the 13th time. Proving once again that age is just a number, Roger took down Lloyd Harris, Jay Clarke, Lucas Pouille, Matteo Berrettini and Kei Nishikori, staying on the title course and setting a blockbuster semi-final encounter against Rafael Nadal, the first here since 2008!

The everlasting Swiss is playing his 21st Wimbledon and there has been nothing wrong with his game so far, losing the first set against Harris and Nishikori and having no troubles in the rest of his campaign to notch more age records and make his already impressive tally an even better one.

At the age of 37 years and 11 months, Roger is the fourth-oldest Major semi-finalist after Ken Rosewall, Pancho Gonzales and Jimmy Connors, also the oldest one since 1991 when Connors shined at the US Open. With back-to-back semi-final appearances in Paris and London, Roger has become the oldest player in consecutive Majors since Ken Rosewall in 1974 and he is the second-oldest competitor in the last four at Wimbledon after the great Aussie.

Besides Connors, six other results before Roger on our list had come between 1968-1977 when Rosewall and Pancho Gonzales delivered prominent results at Majors even after turning 40! Out of nine spots on the list with the oldest Grand Slam semi-finalists, Ken Rosewall is on five, staying competitive all the way until 1977 when he reached the semis at the Australian Open at the age of 42 years and two months, a record that will probably stay at the top for good.

No matter what, Roger Federer has achieved some incredible things following the last four run at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, delivering super fine tennis so late in his career and two decades after making a Grand Slam debut at the age of 17.