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Post by summerblues on Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:37 am

Can you guess when Fed first became the oldest player in top 10?

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Post by Tenez on Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:53 am

Good question. I suspect a long time ago cause his generation was quickly swiped out by the new string generation. Was Hewitt his eldest opponent?

So must have been when Hewitt slid down number 10 which I believe is after Agassi went out of top 10.

So when is that? good question. Around 2009 or 2010?

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Post by Tenez on Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:50 am

I got the player wrong. It's not Hewitt, it's another one who is older than fed by 2 months.

However when did this guy leave the top 10 is a mistery. The ATP site has contradicting data (3 years difference).

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Post by Tenez on Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:57 am

When you see that good Dolgo is 30 and ranked 505.....you realise time has flown by!!!

BTW the ATP has now synched data. So though I was worng with the player...I got the year correct....more or less.

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Post by Slippy on Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:14 pm

I’d have thought Davydenko would be the player most likely to have been consistently in the top 10 for longest who is older than Fed. I think he started to dip in late 2010 so I’d say November 2010 in answer to the question (after Davy’s points for his WTF win in 2009 had come off).

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Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:39 am

Tenez wrote:When you see that good Dolgo is 30 and ranked 505.....you realise time has flown by!!!

BTW the ATP has now synched data. So though I was worng with the player...I got the year correct....more or less.

Well, I didn't expect anything more from him. Flashy brilliance was always going to disappear in a flash. Your consistency shows the level of control you have in your game. And unless there is control, it can't last long.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:00 pm

What would be this world without flashy brillance Rotla? even if Dolgo had it on a flashy basis, he made Djoko and Nadal look amateurish at times even if he ended up losing most of their matches and thanks to him I enjoyed his attempts at beating them......much more than watching Djoko beat Murray even if those 2 were 1000 times more consistent.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:07 am

Good guesses gentlemen.

On April 27, 2009, Fed  - all of 27 years old - was the oldest member of then top 10 after Davydenko dropped to #11.  It will soon be ten years, and he is still there.

In contrast, current top 10 has seven players older than 27, and six of them are in their thirties.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:16 am

While Fed was the oldest player in top 10 on 27 April 2009, he would not remain so for long, as Davydenko soon returned to top 10 and stayed there through 11Oct2010, and only after then he dropped out for good.

It turns out that Davydenko is not the last player older than Fed to inhabit top 10.

As far as I can tell, the last player is Jurgen Melzer who had a brief stint in top 10 in early 2011, finally dropping out 06Jun2011.

My original question referred to the first time Fed was the oldest one - so 27 April 2009 was the correct answer - but I thought this was an interesting additional tidbit.

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