Melbourne: There was a time when the mere presence of Rod Laver on center court at Melbourne Park drove Roger Federer to tears.
On Wednesday, at a fundraising event billed as "An evening with Roger Federer and friends," the 17-time major winner finally got to find out what it's like to have a few rallies against the man who twice completed the Grand Slam. (Click here for pictures)
Laver, 75, strolled onto the court named in his honor in shorts and vest, and had a hit against the 32-year-old Federer, who is preparing for next week's Australian Open. He played some solid forehands but decided to move closer in to volley after netting a few backhands. And he got a standing ovation from the 14,000-strong crowd at Rod Laver Arena for his efforts.