Roger Federer, with his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open has probably settled the ‘GOAT’ discussion for now. Moreover, winning the trophy after a drought of 4 and 1/2 years has made it even sweeter. However, he is not the only one to have done so. We take a look at 5 Tennis Players with largest duration between Grand Slam wins!
Roger Federer last tasted Grand Slam glory way back at the 2012 Wimbledon. He defeated Britain’s own and current world number 1, Andy Murray in the finals. However, the years following that would see a dip in Federer’s form and most recently, a career-threatening knee injury. However, all of that changed last Sunday!
1. Arthur Ashe (1970 Australian Open – 1975 Wimbledon : 5 yrs, 6 months)
The American tennis legend upon whom the Flushing Meadows stadium is named had a long career. Arthur Ashe was a winner of 3 Grand Slams, two of them coming 5 and a half apart from one another. He won the 1975 Wimbledon title after previously triumphing in the 1970 Australian Open, his second Grand Slam Title.
In 1970, he defeated Dick Crearly in straight sets to become the first non-Australian to clinch the title. For his next and final title, he would go on to defeat the defending champion, Jimmy Connors.