Age no barrier to success for current world tennis royalty

THE QUEEN OF THE COURT: Serena Williams (Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

FOR Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, age remains no barrier.

Nadal, aged 33, clinched a 19th Grand Slam title in New York while Williams, at 37, was only denied a record-equalling 24th major title by Bianca Andreescu.

The pair, along with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, inset, continue to defy history with sustained success at the top of their game well into their 30s – something none of their peers have been able to do in recent years.

Last month’s US Open finals highlighted the amazing success of Nadal over such a long period of time, and of course the continued excellence of Williams – even if she can’t quite get that elusive 24th title. But just how significant are their achievements? Is it normal to be this good for so long?…

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