The year 2004 was a memorable year for sport.
Arsenal had won the Premier League without losing a match, Greece somehow managed to win the European Championships and Roger Federer ruled the world of tennis.
If you’d fallen into a coma in 2004, you probably wouldn’t expect any of these facts to still be the same, and, of course, they mostly aren’t. Greece are getting hammered by the Faroe Islands and Arsenal can only dream of winning the Premier League again, let alone going the whole season unbeaten.
But in the 11 years Roger Federer fan Jesus Aparicio has spent in a medically induced coma, the Swiss superstar has dropped just one place in the ATP tennis world rankings.
Whilst celebrating his 18th birthday, Aparicio was almost fatally involved in a car crash and has been out cold until several days ago.
At the time of the accident, Federer had won just four of his 17 Grand Slam titles and when Jesus, from Spain, was informed that his hero was still pretty much top of tree, he was, to say the least, slightly shocked.
It came like a flash to my mind and I asked about Roger. I thought he had retired. When I knew that at 34 years old, he is still playing and is number two the world, I thought they were kidding me. I could not believe it. When I heard that he reached 17 slam titles, I put my hands on my face. I knew Federer was very good but I never thought he could win all he has won