Roger Federer dazzles in first career Bay Area appearance
San Jose (US): From his knees at the middle of the net, Roger Federer struck volley after volley right back at Jack Sock until the American star finally faltered. Federer just smiled. It was all in fun.
And how could Federer not be loving life? He's the best in the world at age 36. That even sounds a bit strange to Federer himself.
"Those are definitely special times in my life and my career," Federer said.
"The dream as a little boy was to make it one day to world No. 1, but not at 36 years old I can tell you that. It was probably at some point at 25 maybe if things went really well.
"I had a tough year in 2016 with my knee and stayed positive, was resilient and fought to come back and really believed I could actually win again. I didn't think it was going to be at this level. It's been an unbelievable journey the last 14 months and my team has been incredible. I'm loving every moment that I can still stay on tour because you never know when it's going to end."
While this doubles match didn't officially count Monday night, it sure mattered to all of the children in Africa who Federer is committed to helping through his foundation.