While 14,999 spectators were left wonderstruck as they watched Roger Federer reach the Wimbledon final a month short of his 36th birthday, there was one man on Centre Court who could have shouted out "been there, done that, got the t-shirt".
Anyone even remotely acquainted with Ken Rosewall, however, knows that simply isn't the style of one of the great gentlemen of the game.
Instead, the 82-year-old Australian was as awestruck as anybody on Friday as he sat with his grandson in the royal box watching Federer beat Tomas Berdych to become the oldest men's singles finallist here since Rosewall in 1974.
"I'm like millions of others. I admire Roger so much," Rosewall told Reuters in an interview.
"I think he's going to be a force in tennis for a few more years."
As Federer continues to defy the ravages of age with his remarkable run this year - winning an 18th major title in Melbourne in January and now on the cusp of a record eighth Wimbledon title - the comparisons with Rosewall are inevitable.
"I'd like to be compared to Roger," Rosewall said with a laugh.
"I was playing some of my best tennis at 35. Roger's doing the same thing. I don't see any reason why he shouldn't continue for at least another two or three years."
Federer still has some way to go if he is to match the longevity of Rosewall's incredible career as the Australian was 39 when he lost the 1974 final to brash youngster Jimmy Connors.
Despite that letdown, Rosewall has retained the title of the oldest men's grand slam champion in the professional era for 45 years after lifting the 1972 Australian Open trophy at the age of 37.
"If anyone is to break it, I won't be sorry to see the record go to somebody like Roger," added Rosewall, who was in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Wimbledon Pro event.
Rosewall won four of his eight grand slam titles after turning 30 and makes no bones about why he kept leading such a nomadic life for so long.
"I was 33 when Open tennis came in . I was still enjoying the tennis and I was playing well," said Rosewall
"I still felt I was a strong force in winning events. and the chance to play for prize money, that was the main motivation."
Money, which Rosewall now keeps neatly folded in a 14 carat gold paper clip he was awarded for winning the 1969 U.S. Open doubles title, played a significant role in his tennis career.
Unlike the champions of today who are used to banking seven-figure sums in prize money from the slams, Rosewall started off in the 1950s when he played for kudos and little else.
Tennis Australia would pay his on-road expenses and a per diem but there was no money for winning grand slams, merely "big bronze stumps" of trophies that would end up "being used as door stoppers".
All that changed when Rosewall beat his great friend Rod Laver to triumph at the French Open in 1968, the first time a grand slam had opened its gates to professionals.
While it meant that Rosewall could compete in the majors again without worrying about financial security, his long absence from the grand slams after he turned professional in 1957 raises a question that can never be answered.
"I believe I could have won another 10 more slams. But who knows? It's too hard to tell," said Rosewall.
"I developed my game so that I could play well on any surface. And in those days three of the grand slam events were on grass. In Sydney, where I grew up, I learnt to play on claycourts.
"I missed 44 slams over 11 years after I turned pro and I missed playing at Wimbledon . in 72 and . 73, so that's 46.
"But I don't think I would have played that many, because if I had I would have been dead!"
Rosewall, who is left-handed but switched to playing right-handed at his father's behest, cut his opponents down to size by "swinging away the backhand shots" despite being only 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Nicknamed "Muscles" because of his lack of them, Rosewall sometimes wishes he could have faced some of the greats of the modern era and would have "loved to have tried my chances against Roger".
There is one aspect of playing in the 1950s that he would never swap, however.
"In the amateurs there was a lot of camaraderie with the players," said Rosewall, who was part of tight-knit group that included Laver, Fred Stolle and the late Lew Hoad.
"There was a lot more friendship and togetherness. We travelled together, we ate together, we stayed in the same hotel .
"People would ask 'how can you be so competitive in the matches because you spend so much time together?'.
"But that's the way we were. Even with so many years gone, we're still friends."
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Dominic Thiem turned 24 on Sunday and celebrated it in New York with his team and some friends. He got some nice surprise as Roger Federer went there too. 'Yesterday at my birthday dinner I had some familiar faces stopping by wishing me a happy birthday! Roger Federer and the young Gun Denis Shapovalov (sadly not on the picture).
Two of us will play today again, looking forward to it!', wrote on his official Facebook page Thiem ahead of his fourth round match against Juan Martin del Potro on Monday. Speaking about his current game level, Thiem recently said: 'Of course there is always room to improve, but it was really way better, and I really like the feeling that it's getting better from match to match.
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(CNN) -- World number one Rafael Nadal has avenged his two recent defeats to Roger Federer with a victory over his rival in a charity match in Madrid, Spain.
Wednesday night's clash was the second of two exhibitions aimed at raising money for the pair's foundations, with Federer winning Tuesday's contest in the Swiss city of Zurich.
It was the third time in the last month that the world's top-two male tennis players have met and Nadal's first victory in that period, after Federer won in Switzerland and at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, England.
Twenty-four hours earlier the two stars joined forces to raise funds for Roger Federer's foundation, and the "Match for Africa" raised $2.6 million for the 29-year-old's charity.
The 23-year-old Nadal thanked his opponent for his participation in the match and was pleased the duo could use their status to raise money for a good cause.
"I say thank you very much to Roger for coming here to Madrid and supporting my foundation today," the nine-time grand slam winner told the ATP Tour's official website after winning the match 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1.
"Both of us are very happy that we can finally have this event and raise a lot of money for these kids. I know that with what we're going to raise . it's not going to be decisive but it will be a help. It's going to be important to improve this world a little bit."
The contest, named the "Joining Forces For the Benefit Of Children" match, attracted an all-star crowd to the Caja Magica, including Spain's Queen Sofia.
Also in attendance was former world number one Carlos Moya, who announced his retirement from tennis in November after a prolonged struggle with a foot problem.
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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is never far from controversy.
The 22-year-old yesterday confirmed he won't play again in 2017 as he bids to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January.
Kyrgios was defeated in the European Open in Belgium on Wednesday by veteran left-hander Ruben Bemelmans.
“Unfortunately, due to the recurrence of my hip injury that I originally suffered at Queen’s, I am shutting down my season to make sure I can rehab and prepare as best as I can for the Australian summer,” Kyrgios told his followers in a statement on Twitter.
"I have played a huge amount of tennis since coming back from my hip injury in Washington and unless I want this to escalate to an injury that requires surgery, I need to listen to my body and my team.
"This year hasn't been as successful as I would have liked, especially at the slams although it has been positive in some other areas.
"It's been no secret that I have had some sad moments to deal with away from the court which have added to my disappointments throughout the year.
"I will do all I can to improve for 2018 and I would like to thank all of you who supported me, reached out and sent encouragement and positive energy through 2017. Thank you, and see you in 2018."
The hugely talented youngster has failed to progress past the second round at each of the four grand slams.Kyrgios Q&A takes hilarious turn
Kyrgios was taking part in a Twitter Q&A on Friday morning and was asked what the hardest part about playing Roger Federer is.
His response was absolutely brilliant.
For context, Kyrgios faced Federer in the Miami Open in April 2017.
The American crowd were hostile towards the enigmatic Australian as he delayed the match to change his racket.
Incredibly, Mirka Federer was seen joining in from the stands.
Federer eventually beat Kyrgios 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in an epic semi-final which lasted 3h 10m.
Kyrgios later sent out another tweet, insisting that his funny "tongue in cheek" tweet was nothing more than a joke.
In their most recent meeting, Kyrgios broke down in tears on the court after losing to Federer in a dramatic Laver Cup match in September.
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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on course for their fourth meeting of the season after the number one and number two ranked players in the world entered the semi-finals at the ongoing Shanghai Masters in China.
Nadal defeated Grigor Dimitrov in three sets to book a place in the last four and will next face Marin Cilic for a place in the summit clash. Federer, on the other hand, needed just two to dispatch Frenchman Richard Gasquet and book a last-four encounter with Juan Martin del Potro.
The Spaniard took his unbeaten streak to 15 matches and is looking to win his 31 st ATP Masters Series title. It was the second meeting between Nadal and Dimitrov in two weeks after the former had beaten the Bulgarian in the semi-finals at the China Open last week. He needed three sets on both occasions.
“It was a very tough match,” Nadal said after his win, as quoted on ATP’s official site. “I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis. The conditions, of course, have been different today than my two previous matches. I think [it was]a great battle between two players who are playing all the time very focused, very intense points all the time.”
Federer, who has to win the event in order to have a chance of catching Nadal for the year-end number one ranking before the end of the season, was also happy with his performance against Gasquet.
“I thought it was a really good match. Some big points, important shots at the right time for both guys sometimes to stay even, and we both created chances,” Federer was quoted as saying on ATP’s official site after his match. “I thought we were able to keep up the level from the beginning till the very end…I enjoyed it because it was slices and topspins and angles and power and finesse. I think the match had a bit of everything.”
Meanwhile, Federer could be handed an early advantage in his potential clash with Nadal in the finals, with Del Porto a doubt for his semi-final clash with the Swiss after he injured his wrist during his win over Viktor Troicki.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, however, still has to overcome Cilic in order to have a chance to make it to the final and the Croatian has been in fine form this season. But despite that the advantage for Federer will not bode well for Nadal, who has failed to beat him in all their three meetings this season.
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