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Roger Federer's dad, Robbie, is just another fan watching a legend practice

The father of the most famous tennis player on the planet sat with the fans as his son warmed up for his U.S. Open semi-final. But no one around him even seemed to notice.

NEW YORK – The silver-haired, unprepossessing man was one of the first to arrive in the practice-court stands shortly after noon Saturday.

By himself, no one else with him, he just chose his seat and sat down.

Federer's father came early, to make sure he got a good seat. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)
Federer's father came early, to make sure he got a good seat. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)

It didn't take long for the stands to fill up to watch Roger Federer hit with Stefan Edberg, in preparation for his semi-final match at the U.S. Open.

Who's that guy in the glasses? Anyone know him? (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)
Who's that guy in the glasses? Anyone know him? (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)

Look at the people around him. Absolutely no recognition. Even the Fed-anatics wearing the "Betterer" T-shirts who populated some of the stands paid absolutely no attention to the man they've seen hundreds of times on television. And Federer's dad is a guy who will talk to anyone (that's where his son gets it from) and clearly would have been prepared for it, since he chose to sit up in the stands rather than be down on the practice court with his son, which he often is.

Respecting his privacy, you say? Didn't want to bother him? Nothing we've seen from the fan behavior at the U.S. Open – including trampling people just to get courtside in the hope of a quick scribble or selfie, or snatching errant tennis balls right out of the hands of little kids – would lead us to believe that was the case.

Actually a pretty cool moment. You wonder if he was listening and noting what people around him were saying about his son.