Juan Carlos Ferrero celebrating his 30th birthday by winning two titles in as many weeks is a terrific achievement.
Andre Agassi showed the way, winning the Australian Open at the age of 32 and then making the final in Flushing Meadows when he was a ripe old 35.
Ferrero can take heart from those achievements - and if anybody deserves to enjoy an unexpectedly bright twilight of his career, it's him.
I remember talking to Juan Carlos back in 2003. He'd just won the French Open and was knocking on the door of becoming the world number one, but just couldn't understand why nobody considered him a threat at Wimbledon.
Everyone else considered him a clay court specialist even though he always thought his game was good on any surface; he always had that confidence in himself and was tilting for the top titles.
He even proved himself right later that year, making the US Open final and taking the world number one spot.
The way he got hit by illness and injury soon after - specifically a severe bout of chicken pox and a wrist injury - was a real shame. He's the kind of player who takes those knocks badly: he's more a feel player than a power player, and needs everything to be working for him if he's to hit the heights.
Last year he came out of years in the doldrums to win his first title since that superb 2003 season, and now looks like he's flying.
So much so, that he's got every chance of getting into the top 10 by the time Roland Garros comes around.
If he does he'll have a decent seeding to give himself a chance of a good run. And if Rafael Nadal's injury woes continue, Ferrero will quite realistically have an outside chance of capping his late career resurgence with another Grand Slam title.
Another tennis veteran showing she still has some game is Venus Williams, and it was great to see her winning in Dubai at the weekend.
It's amazing that Venus still has the drive to go out and put her all into tournaments - but make no mistake, picking up week-in-week-out trophies is not what she really has her eye on.
The field in Dubai wasn't strong, though, and it'd be wrong to suggest that Venus can start taking down the very best in the women's game as she once did.
Other than at Wimbledon, that is. She will be a threat at SW19 until the day she hangs up her racquet - and if her recent form and determination continues, she will be a major factor this year.
Venus wasn't the only story from Dubai that warmed the heart: Shahar Peer did an incredible job of dealing with the off-court controversy.
Having been banned from the tournament last year after a huge diplomatic row - as an Israeli, she was originally denied a place in the UAE-based event - she did brilliantly to reach the semi-finals.
She might not have the talent to make a charge into the upper reaches of the top 10, but the way she's handled a horrendous situation makes her a credit to the game.