There is no doubting that Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. His exploits on the court are magical and it leaves many people in awe. Off the court though, Federer is one of the nicest human beings in the professional circuit and this was in full view after his fourth-round US Open victory on Tuesday.
Federer was made to fight all the way by American John Isner but the Swiss Maestro, who is bidding to capture his 18th Grand Slam title and his sixth at the US Open, showed that he is also a father and kids are a priority.
Stars usually sign autographs after a match. Federer is more often than not extremely obliging. At Flushing Meadows on Tuesday night, several fans seated along the path to the locker rooms virtually mobbed Federer for his autograph. In the process, they were crushing a small boy who was trapped in the crowd.
Federer was alert to the situation and he told the security to stop the autograph session. He requested the security people to pull the boy out, who was visibly shaken by the incident.
Federer consoled the boy who was crying and he signed his cap and a tennis ball.
The 34-year-old Federer, who is aiming to become the oldest Grand Slam winner at the US Open after 45 years, has twin sons, Leo and Lenny as well twin daughters, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. His affection for kids is well documented and this proved to be no different.
For the young fan, this will be a day he will never forget for he has received an autograph from the superman of tennis.