London: Roger Federer saluted the Wimbledon old boys club on Monday when five men aged over 30 featured in the fourth round, the highest number since 1975.
Federer, who turns 31 in August, defeated 31-year-old Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to reach a 33rd successive Grand Slam quarter-final and praised the longevity of his generation.
"We had a good generation. Think back 10 years ago when we were all coming through. My junior year back in 1998 was unbelievable," said Federer.