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Top five oldest players to win ATP Masters 1000 title

Published at :April 2, 2024 at 5:30 PM
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These players proved that age is just a number.

Since its beginnings in 1990, the ATP Masters (known as ATP Masters 1000 tournaments from 2009) has been an annual series of nine tennis tournaments showcasing the top-ranked players on the ATP Tour.

In addition to the Olympics, the ATP Masters competitions, Grand Slam tournaments, and Year-End Championships are the most prestigious trophies on the annual ATP Tour calendar. They are collectively known as the ‘Big Titles.’

When the Bryan brothers (Bob and Mike) were 40 years old at the 2019 Miami Open, they had won 39 doubles titles as a team. Daniel Nestor and the Bryan brothers are the only doubles players who earned the Career Golden Masters.

Roger Federer easily defeated Shapovalov to reach his third-season final. He also broke a tie with Rafael Nadal by becoming the first player to reach 50 Masters 1000 tournament finals.

In the final, he defeated John Isner in straight sets to win the 2019 Miami Open and claim his 28th Masters 1000 title. Federer was 37 years old at the time, but the title falls under the category of singles titles.

In the list, we will be looking at the oldest players to win the ATP Masters 1000 title:

5. Mark Knowles – 37 years old – ATP Masters 1000 Canada 2009

Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and his Indian partner Mahesh Bhupathi won their fourth ATP title together in Montreal. They defeated seventh seeds Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram in straight sets in the finals of the USD three million Rogers Cup in 2009. He is currently 51 years old, but during the 2009 ATP Masters 1000 Canada, Knowles bagged the title at 37, alongside Bhupati.

The Indo-Bahamian duo served so well that they faced no break points during the 62-minute match. Mirnyi and Ram could only take nine points off their opponents’ serves, which explained the winners’ stranglehold.

4. Daniel Nestor – 42 years old – Cincinnati Masters 2015

Canadian doubles legend Daniel Nestor earned the 2015 Cincinnati Open with Edouard Roger-Vasselin at 42. The former professional tennis player is currently 50 years old. Nestor won his third title of the season and his first with new partner Édouard Roger-Vasselin, at the Cincinnati Masters in August.

With Roger-Vasselin, he won his 28th ATP Masters 1000 title in 2015, tying him for third place behind the Bryan brothers. Daniel Nestor won the Shanghai title with Mirnyi in 2011, becoming the first singles or doubles player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events.

3. Mike Bryan – 40 years old – ATP Masters 1000 Miami 2019

Mike Bryan is a former world number one doubles tennis player from the United States. For over nine years, he and his twin brother Bob ranked first in the world in doubles.

On July 16, 2018, Mike became the oldest doubles or singles No. 1 in ATP Tour history at 40. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan proved they’re back in top form by winning their sixth doubles title at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Mike is now 44 years old but was 40 when he won the 2019 ATP Masters 1000 in Miami.

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2. Bob Bryan – 40 years old – ATP Masters 1000 Miami 2019

Like Mike Bryan, even Bob Bryan grabbed the Miami Open title in 2019 when he was 40. He has twenty-three Grand Slam titles, including sixteen in men’s doubles and seven in mixed doubles. For several years, he was the world No. 1 doubles player with his twin brother Mike, reaching the top spot for the first time in September 2003.

From 2000 to 2009, the twins were designated ATP Team of the Decade. The Bryans won their 39th ATP Masters 1000 title as a team and their 118th tour-level doubles title.

Bob returned to the field in January 2019 after an eight-month absence due to a hip injury for which he underwent hip replacement surgery last August. He has spent 438 weeks and finished 8 seasons as co-number one in the individual doubles standings.

1. Rohan Bopanna – 43 years old – Indian Well Masters 2023

Rohan Bopanna became the oldest tennis player in history to win an ATP Masters 1000 title at 43. On 18th March 2023, he and Australian partner Matthew Ebden won the men’s doubles title at the Indian Wells Masters 2023 tournament in California.

With his victory at the Indian Wells Open, Bopanna surpassed Daniel Nestor as the oldest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title. Nestor earned the Cincinnati Masters at the age of 42 in 2015. The Indo-Australian pair defeated top seeds Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Neil Skupski of the United Kingdom in the final, 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.

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