Roger Federer is having another season to remember. At 36-years-old, he’s still one of the best tennis players in the world and won his eighth Wimbledon title earlier in the year.

On Tuesday, Federer was pushed to the brink as he needed all five sets to beat Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the U.S. Open. While the match was a barnburner, it wasn’t the only challenge Federer faced that day.


After the match, one young reporter asked Federer about the curious origins of his nickname.

“Switzerland is really cool, right?” the reporter began, “There isn’t too much livestock, so why do they call you ‘The Goat?’”

The room broke out in laughter as Federer (the Greatest Of All Time, or G.O.A.T.) tried to downplay the praise, “Some fans call me that. I don’t call myself that,” he said. “But yeah, we have a lot of animals in Switzerland and goats are part of the livestock we have over there, yes.”

The reporter then followed up with what he called a “serious question,” asking if Federer would play him in a match once he went pro.

You can watch the exchange below, courtesy of ESPN. [/restrict]