Age is just a number: Federer, Brady and sport's golden oldies

A look at sport's evergreen stars as Roger Federer and Tom Brady hit new heights.

Following Roger Federer's latest success at the Australian Open and ahead of Tom Brady's eighth Super Bowl, we decided to take a look at some of sport's evergreen stars. Venus Williams, Kimi Raikkonen and Gianluigi Buffon all feature among our list of athletes who prove that age is just a number.
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As if Roger Federer needed to convince anyone of his status as the greatest tennis player of all time, the Swiss has clinched his 20th Grand Slam title at the age of 36 in Australia. And, with many of the sport's other leading names struggling with injuries, who's to say Federer won't add to that tally before the end of the 2018 season?
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Another tennis player to have defied their advancing years to keep performing at the highest level is 37-year-old Venus Williams. She may not have won a grand slam for a decade, but she reached the final in Melbourne last year, only losing out to sister Serena.
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Kimi Raikkonen may not have kicked on from his 2007 drivers' title, but he remains in one of the most sought-after seats on the Formula One grid. Entering his seventh season with Ferrari across two spells, the Finn may be running out of opportunities to make another run at the title as team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton look set for another tussle at the top.
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Gianluigi Buffon retired from international football following Italy's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup last year, having won the tournament with his country 12 years ago. That victory in 2006 was the crowning moment of a career that has also included eight Serie A titles - although the Champions League looks to have evaded him following Juventus' defeat to Real Madrid in last season's final.
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Since being selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Tom Brady has etched his name into history as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. The oldest quarterback to throw for four touchdown passes in a game and to lead the league in passing yards, Brady has won two league MVP awards and five Super Bowls in his 18-season Patriots career.
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Only seven players can claim to have played 20 seasons or more in the NBA and if Sacramento Kings shooting guard Vince Carter can extend his contract beyond July 2018, he will join Robert Parish, Kevin Willis and Kevin Garnett as a joint record holder on 21. His powers are showing no signs of waning after two decades at the top, and he became the first reserve player over 40 in NBA history to score 20 points or more in a game when he scored a season-high 24 points in a 109-95 win over Cleveland Cavaliers on December 27.
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The 1996 Olympic Games might seem a dim and distant memory but it marked the emergence of St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins, who continues to race to this day. Collins won gold in the 100m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2003 World Championship and the latter achievement earning him a day named in his honour by the government of St Kitts and Nevis – August 25, Kim Collins Day.
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After 24 illustrious seasons, Calgary Flames' Czech forward left Jaromir Jagr appears to be heading out of the NHL having transferred his contract to HC Kladno in his home country. Jagr has been smashing NHL records in recent years, recording the most points of any player over the age of 40 and becoming the oldest player in the league's history to score a hat-trick.
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Brad Hogg walked away from professional cricket in 2008, at the age of 37, but that was by no means the end of his career. Australia's second-most successful spinner of all time in terms of wickets taken, Hogg enjoyed five successful seasons with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League before joining the Melbourne Renegades, where he continues to demonstrate his mastery of the art of spin bowling.
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Despite playing most of his golf on the PGA Champions Tour, Miguel Angel Jimenez can still mix it with the young guns on the European Tour. The 54-year-old, known as 'The Mechanic', has been strutting his stuff at the USD 3 million Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2018, and continues to credit his longevity to "good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise."
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