Roger Federer has long been the favorite tennis player of Jesus Aparicio.
But Aparicio, who is from Spain, hasn't been able to enjoy much of Federer's career accomplishments.
In 2004, Aparicio was injured in a car accident and went into a coma. Only earlier this year did he awaken, after a long 11-year absence.
Much of the world has changed since then. One thing that hasn't: Federer is still dominating the tennis world.
While discussing various events of the past 11 years with his parents, Aparicio remembered his favorite player.
"It came like a flash to my mind and I asked about Roger," Aparicio told Tennis World Magazine. "I thought he had retired. When I knew that at 34 years, he is still playing and is number two in the world, I thought they were kidding me.
"When I heard that he reached 17 slam titles, I put my hands on my face."
Aparicio was able to watch Federer's match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open.
"I was really surprised to see him play well, Djokovic is good," Aparicio said, although he isn't too familiar with the Djoker, who was a nobody in 2004.
Aparicio is eager to enjoy more of Federer's game while he can.
"I want to see his match before he retires, perhaps his 18th Slam," Aparicio said.