If the debate regarding the greatest ever is destined to remain unsolved, there is no doubt that Roger Federer is the most popular and beloved player of all time. The Swiss phenomenon has enchanted fans around the world for over two decades thanks to its elegant tennis and its personality.
The admiration for the former World number 1 does not end with simple fans, but also extends to athletes from other disciplines. Just mention the names of David Beckham and Virat Kohli. Another sportsman who loves Federer is Alan Aguerre, a footballer who plays in the Argentine first division.
Speaking on the '#CRUZADOSxESPN' videocast together with tennis player Renzo Olivo and compatriot Augustin Belachur, the goalkeeper of Newell's Old Boys remembered seeing Roger for the first time in 2012, when the Swiss had traveled to Argentina for a tour of exhibitions.
Aguerre on Roger Federer
"With a little on the line, I decided I wanted to go see Roger Federer. I like to travel, so I decided to go to Europe. To the French Open. And then me and my friends decide to go," Alan Aguerre said.
"One of my friends told me about the entrance to the back of the Roland Garros stadium. Well, I just imagined myself sneaking into the back and then I see Roger Federer and I'm feeling like a little boy in the rain.
Like in those movies!" Aguerre recalled his fanboy moment. "I had to buy the ticket to see Roger. I felt like a boy and I did not care of the price," Aguerre added. The Argentine was also able to admire the 20-time Grand Slam champion last year in Madrid, in his quarterfinal match against Dominic Thiem.
Due to a double knee surgery, Federer will only return to the court in early 2021, in what could be the last season of his unrepeatable career (which started back in 1998). His decision to not play for the rest of the season means that this will be the first time since 1999 that the US Open will be played without Federer or Rafael Nadal participating in it.
Additionally, women's world no.1 Ashleigh Barty is also forfeiting the tournament due to fears over the rise in COVID-19 cases in the USA. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic headlines the initial men's singles entry list for the US Open slated to be played from August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.