Who are the oldest tennis world number ones?


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his first round match against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia on day two of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Roger Federer became the oldest number one in tennis history with a quarter-final win over Robin Haase at Rotterdam in February.

The 36-year-old went on to beat Andreas Seppi in the semi-finals before earning a straight-sets win over Grigor Dimitrov in the decider to claim his 97th career title.

The Swiss veteran could only maintain top spot for a little over a month though, losing to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Miami Open and conceding top spot to Rafael Nadal.

Federer needed to make the quarter-finals or better to retain top spot.

Instead, Nadal has reclaimed the number one position.

Federer will skip the clay court season, like he did last year, potentially not returning until the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June.

At 31, Nadal is also one of the oldest men to hold the number one spot.

With the Spaniard and Federer experiencing late-career resurgences, we could see the honour handed back and forth between them over the next year or so.

Here’s a quick recap of the oldest men’s world number ones.

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