how many people were fans of federer before 2004

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were you a fan of federer before 2004

  1. i was a true fan before his domination

    59.3%
  2. i became a fan of his when he was dominating everyone else

    40.7%
  1. dragonfire

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    I'm making this thread simply to see how many people like federer before he started to really dominate the sport. I would have chose the year 2003, but 1 slam isn't exactly dominating is it.

    If you were a fan of Federer before 2004 - it is probably down to the fact he was quite successful in 2003, or you actually liked his game before he dominated (meaning you are a true fan and stuck with federer from the beginning)

    however, if you were a fan of federer at 2004 - present, i can only assume you like him for his dominace, and you just want to support the winner and take the easy option (meaninig you are not a true fan)
     
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  2. dragonfire

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    please, do not lie or deny anything
     
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  3. I became his fan in Wimbledon in 2001, although i was curious about him even back in 1999 when he and his Swedish coach Peter Lundgren were in Sthlm practicing and tried to qualify for the Stockholm Open.
     
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  4. wyutani

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    i only started tennis in 2005. so my answer is no. but my mom likes agassi.
     
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    this is not a troll thread, this is just to separate the fed fans into 2 catgories
     
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    Here my boy pinocchio, let me help you with your growing nose.:)
     
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  8. My nose is not growing:) Im serious, why wouldnt i be??
     
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  9. akv89

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    I was a fan before his domination, but it was after Wimbledon 2003.
     
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  10. Ive played tennis since i was 7, today im 29, played professionally for 4 years, its not like i started watching tennis because OF him which seems to be the case for some...
     
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  11. dragonfire

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    so im guessing you fell in love with federer when he won the masters cup and wimbleodn in the same year = fan of someone due to success
     
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  12. akv89

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    After Wimbledon, before Masters Cup. BTW, I can't fall in love with people I never met. I was pretty young and didn't follow tennis as closely back then so someone would have had to have done well at a major for me to know who they were.

    Anyway, it wasn't as if I also became a fan of Juan Carlos Fererro after he won the French that year. And there' plenty of guys now that I enjoy watching despite their lack of success.
     
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  13. Kegzz

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    My parents went to Wimbledon in 2001 and they told us to watch him on TV. I was more of a casual fan of tennis back then, but I was a big fan of Roger. I became a proper tennis fan after 2004 though, when Sharapova won Wimbledon
     
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  14. dragonfire

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    and when federer started to take over
     
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  15. zagor

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    I became his fan in 2009,when he won FO.
     
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  16. wyutani

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    well think about it, i dun blame anyone whos a fan of fed after 2004, i mean, if fed was a loser, no one would be supporting him, i mean, who would?
     
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  17. Kegzz

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    I'd watch him when he was on prior to '04, but it was actually Sharapova who got me hooked on tennis.
     
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  18. dragonfire

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    why does JBF #1 like james blake - probably because he likes his game and can relate to him.
     
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  19. wyutani

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    between james blake and federer, who has more fans?

    more slams, more wins = more fans.

    its simple, really mate.
     
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  20. mandy01

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    I became a fan during Wimbledon 2003.I was also a huge Agassi fan and used to be quite torn between the two everytime they played.
     
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  21. JeMar

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    Became a fan when he single-handedly took out the U.S. in the 2001 Davis Cup. Yes, this was before he even beat Sampras.
     
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  22. grafselesfan

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    I actually was a Federer fan before 2004 then became much less of one to what I am now, the complete anti-Federer. When he was younger and with Lundgren he actually played a refreshing all court game that was enjoyable to watch, he seemed to be one of a pack of interesting stars for the future, and he was refreshing in many ways. As he has gotten older his game has gotten increasingly one dimensional, his attitude increasingly self righteous, the field has collapsed around him and been a huge dissapointment which has led to his default dominance more through non existant competition than anything else, and he has received accolades and praises as the best ever which are IMO false as a result. So yes I of all people was a fan before 2004, but I am sure am not now.
     
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  23. akv89

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    An entire field of players doesn't just collapse. Guys who did well before, still did well after Federer got to the top. It is much more likely that Federer got better than that an entire generation of players got worse.
     
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  24. grafselesfan

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    Roddick- hung around but never improved after 2004

    Safin- collapsed after 2002, came back for blips in 2004 and 2005 but never as consistent as 2000 or 2002

    Hewitt- fell off the radar after 2005, case of early burnout with his grinding style, the surface conditions which arent favorable to him, victim of fatherhood, hip surgery, take your pick

    Ferrero- went away after 2003, injury and illness early in 2004 he never recovered his full form and confidence back from

    Haas- career wrecked by injuries. Never became even a consistent top 10 player again

    Kuerten- was never the same after late 2001 serious hip problems

    Nalbandian- never got into true professional shape, a waste of talent

    Hence why we have workmanlike guys like Davydenko, Ljubicic, and Blake ranked so highly during the Federer reign.
     
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  25. TheFifthSet

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    before wimbledon '03, although i really can't remember because i wasn't that big of a fan. i prob. started following his game more closely when he obliterated safin in the '02 final. so no, i don't live vicariously through federer.

    another thing, why do you automatically assume that fans who happen to start following players when they start winning are glory-hunters? couldn't it just be that they are appreciative of the TENNIS? couldn't it be that they simply hadn't noticed or even heard of the player beforehand, and their winning coincided with fans noticing them? naturally, when a player improves and starts playing great tennis he will gain loads of fans whom are appreciative of the tennis. doesn't always render them glory-hunters.
     
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  26. dragonfire

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    1)no.

    2) look up the term 'glory hunter' you will see what it means
     
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    2000 started seeing him and particularly when I saw him beat Boutter to win first ATP title in Milan, televised in the UK, an unforgettable match in 2001.
     
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  28. TheFifthSet

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    i don't see how that is glory-hunting. it's one thing if the player is losing and you don't fancy him, and start liking and rooting for him when he does start winning. but a lot of fans notice their favourite players once they start winning, usually because they hadn't heard much of them beforehand. not much you can do about that, although i was a fan of fed even when he was sorta a bottom-dweller.

    besides, i said improving and playing great tennis, not neccesarily winning. i root for great tennis no matter who is winning or losing. i don't see anything wrong with a fan rooting for a player if he/she plays great tennis, although i would say there is a fine line (ie being obsessed with their winning, actively against another player so their player can win, etc. etc.)
     
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  29. flyinghippos101

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    I fell in love with Federer's game at the 2003 Roger's cup I attended. Too bad he lost that game to Andy Roddick in three sets though.
     
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  30. Lifted

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    I became a fan in 2009, when he played Montreal.
     
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  32. pame

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    I started to follow Federer Wimby Jr Singles 1998. A friend of mine on IRC, who's an avid tennis fan, saw him at the semi-finals and told me to watch out for this youngster... that he thought he was going to give some trouble when he turned pro! Little did my friend know or guess just how much trouble, I suppose. So I started following him from the Jr finals, afterwards often having to make do with just occasional snippets abot him, and some newspaper reports. Then ESPN Latin started bring coverage of some of his matches.. so that was cool.

    Did the pre-2003 period have its frustrations? Yes. Was it worth sometimes despairing that he would ever fulfill the promise he showed? You bet!

    Oh - and I don't agree that if you didn't start to follow him before 2004 that that doesn't make you a true fan
     
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  33. dragonfire

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    i don't get it, is it a joke?
     
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  34. jonnythan

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    What a stupid thing to say.
     
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    There's nothing quite as mature and civil as trying to divide the people who agree with you into two distinct categories: "us" and "them."

    :(
     
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  36. Spider

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    Oh come one, there is reason Federer has the most fans all over the place (include online - just check the number of people registered on his official website). It's simple reason - the more success gets you more fans. It's pretty simple actually.

    If Fed wasn't as successful as he has turned out to be, he won't even have half his fans he has today.
     
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  37. jones101

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    Ive been a fan since I watched his first match I saw of him - Wimby finals 03.

    It was acutally Venus and Serena who got me into tennis. I'd only heard of Henman (being Welsh) and Sampras before that.

    And playing top spin on PS2 lol
     
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  38. kat1

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    Didn't OP say he was like 14 years old on other thread?
     
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  39. jonnythan

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    Ah. That would explain it.
     
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  40. Lotto

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    I'm 17 now and I remember the first person to get me into tennis was Pete Sampras....I loved his backhand....I used to watch him back when I was 7 years old....my mum and dad played and still play tennis aswell but I fell in love with petes backhand and the game. I used to be down at the tennis club 24/7 when I was 7,8,9,10....I love the game that much, and in 2001 when I watched Sampras play Federer I was in awe. I loved Roger's forehand and serve, it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and I was like 9 at the time...I used to go around pretending I was Roger Federer :oops: I've been a fan ever since...he's my childhood idol, my hero. People are always asking me "why do you love Roger Federer so much?" and I tell them that story. I'm a perfectionist, and it seems Roger is aswell. His play is poetry in motion.
     
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  41. VivalaVida

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    I became his fan today ;)
     
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  42. DarthMaul

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    I became a fan of Fed at the USO 2006. I started playing tennis at the same time.
    He is my rolemodel in tennis.
     
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  43. jevonclyde

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    I was a fan when I saw he smack a down te line backhand winner against Agassi at some indoor tournament. I was pushing for him to breakthrough already. When he plays I cannot watch his matches. I get too nervous. I don't sit. I stand and watch some points and channel surf when I can't take it anymore. Sad, I know. I had a similar periods with Agassi, Noah, Knicks and Celtics. I'll never bash another player, unless the player is a jurk or jurkette, since I a really a fan of the game.
     
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  44. bolo

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    I was a fan of federer before 2004.
     
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  45. Fedfan1234

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    Wimbledon 2003 saw him against Schalken and though he could beat Roddick and win Wimbledon. He did and the rest is history.
     
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  46. BallzofSkill

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    i was a casual fan of tennis in the 90s, around the sampras era. Didn't really enjoy the sport in general but I watched it occasionally. Anyway, around the time Fed became number 1 there was alot of big deal about his domination, but also his elegant tennis. The moment I saw him play though, I was awestruck.
     
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  47. FredMurray

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    This thread is pointless, most people are obviously not going to be honest about it(for fear of being called a gloryhunter).Lets get real, Federer gained most of his fans after he started dominating.


    I admit, I LOL'd.
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  48. ~ZoSo~

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    When did you become a greg fan?
     
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  49. FredMurray

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    1997 :twisted:
     
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  50. ronalditop

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    i started watching tennis in 2006, since then i have been a fed fan.
     
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