Roger Federer Fan Wakes From Coma After 11 Years...
...to find his tennis idol still at top of his game
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2015 10:32 AM CDT
Switzerland's Roger Federer serves a ball to Nertherlands' Matwe Middelkoop, and Thiemo De Bakker, at the Palexpo, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.   (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
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(Newser) – When Jesus Aparicio was left in a coma by a car crash on Dec. 12, 2004, his favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, had just risen to No. 1 in the world rankings. The Spanish man woke up from his coma last month—and when his speech finally recovered, one of the first things he did was ask about Federer. He was shocked to find out that the then-23-year-old is still high in the rankings today. "When I knew that, at 34 years, he is still playing and is No. 2 in the world, I thought they were kidding me," Aparicio told puntodebreak.com, according to Tennis World. "When I heard that he reached 17 Slam titles, I put my hands on my face."

Aparicio was planning a trip to Wimbledon at the time of his car accident, and is excited that he still has a chance to see Federer play live: "I want to see his match before he retires, perhaps his 18th Slam."