Roger Federer might be a hero in the tennis court, but he became a superhero for a little New York boy when he saved him from potentially getting crushed by the heaving crowd at the U.S. Open.
After defeating John Isner in round four at Flushing Meadows, the 17-time grand slam champion stopped by the stands to sign some autographs before heading to the changing rooms. However, the session got quickly out of control when the eager fans, frantic to get closer to their idol, almost crushed a kid standing at the front of the pack.
Fortunately, Federer noticed the young boy and asked the horde to move back while his security team pulled the child from the stands and onto the court, where the World No. 2 not only checked on him to see if he was OK, but also signed the kid’s oversized tennis ball.
Check out the video posted above to watch the adorable scene.
The 34-year-old is scheduled to hit the court in a quarterfinal match-up with world No 7. Richard Gasquet on Thursday.