When did you become a fan of your favorite player(s)?

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Serendipitous

Guest
Nadal: I started watching tennis in 2005 and I saw his semifinal match with Federer at the French Open. I was enraptured by his tenaciousness and fighting style.


Gulbis: I immediately became a fan after I saw the highlight real for his match with Robredo at the 2007 US Open.



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Lionheart392

Professional
Safin - I've only been a tennis fan for just over a year. I first saw him at Wimbledon last year and was amazed by his good looks. Shallow maybe, but good enough reason for me.

Jankovic - watching her win the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with a big smile on her face the whole time. Her sunny face won me over. Shame that she doesn't look so happy on the court these days.

Graf - watched her win Wimbledon lots of times in the 90s when I was growing up and my mother hogged the TV for the whole 2 weeks when Wimbledon was on and my sister and I would moan and moan. I couldn't help but notice how awesome she was though.
 
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TheMagicianOfPrecision

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ROGER FEDERER: When i saw him play Sampras in Wimbledon 2001, the rest is history...And i have spoken to Peter Lundgren a couple of times and he told me that Roger is a very simple man very down to earth humble and easygoing. I love how he handles himself on the court, and obviously what he does on the court, i myself ws ranked 1000 in the world in singles and 1000 in doubles 4-5 years ago so i understand how difficult the things he does is.
 

dincuss

Hall of Fame
Nadal - When he first won the French I became an instant fan of his athleticism and young age.

Federer - Saw him at Wimbledon 2001, I was amazed by how smoothly he play.

Safin - Didnt really know much about him with the exception of him winning USO until he I saw him in about 2004-5. He was like a happy go lucky Federer to me.

Gulbis - Saw him against Nadal 2008 Wimby. Was amazed by everything he does. Share some similarities to Safin.
 
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valiant

Hall of Fame
Federer - I dont remember exactly but I think when he defeated pete at the wimbledon I started liking him.
 

Andyk028

Professional
Nadal: I started watching tennis in 2005 and I saw his semifinal match with Federer at the French Open. I was enraptured by his tenaciousness and fighting style.


Gulbis: I immediately became a fan after I saw the highlight real for his match with Robredo at the 2007 US Open.



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same exact thing
 
The run @ the US Open in 2005 and hearing the story behind his comeback.

I liked him before this (like his match vs. Hewitt @ USO 01, beating Agassi in 03, match w/ Hewitt AO 05) but this run in USO 2005 and the classic match w/ Agassi really cemented him as my favorite player.
 

Bilbo

Semi-Pro
Manuel Orantes: I saw him play 3 times and said to myself... oh crap, i pla just like this guy! I love his style, his game (mine also), his court demeanor, and his appearance. The cloth in the shorts to wipe the racket handle is awesome! I try to emulate every part of his game!
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
Ivanisevic, around 1997 or 1998. I remember already rooting for him at Wimbledon 98, and he lost to that damn Sampras :(
 

DarthMaul

Professional
Federer - US Open 2006. The year I started to play tennis - Fed made me love this sport.

Justine Henin - RG 2006 - IMO she had the most beautiful game in the WTA (in her era, of course)
 

deltox

Hall of Fame
Roddick, first time i saw him on TV, at the indoor carpet at that time tourney.


Isner, leggs mason 07


Monfils, sportscenter highlights from 08 us hardcourt season
 

Lionheart392

Professional
The run @ the US Open in 2005 and hearing the story behind his comeback.

I liked him before this (like his match vs. Hewitt @ USO 01, beating Agassi in 03, match w/ Hewitt AO 05) but this run in USO 2005 and the classic match w/ Agassi really cemented him as my favorite player.
Plus he is very very handsome.
 

Mkie7

Rookie
Sampras/Agassi : loved that rivalry and loved them both. Back when the days when I just enjoyed a good tennis match. I would usually root for the underdog. Both of them against anyone else for sure.

Federer : Hated him at first because he beat Sampras at Wimby... and didn't like his hair do back than. Started liking him when he cut his hair short and when I learned to appreciate the beautiful and elegant tennis he plays.

Djokovic/Nadal/Del Po/ Simon/ Monflis/Tsonga/Gasquet : like em' but not when they play Fed.

Andy Murray : Love hate relationship on this one. Depending on who he plays.

Justine (the best in her era)/ Hinggis/ Kim/ Venus (sometimes)
 

Teyko

Banned
Interesting Question:

Monfils: I have been following him from the juniors...I have always liked his athleticism and attitude. He brings his heart and fire to the game...

Tsonga: I really started liking him after the Australian Open 08...beautiful game...

Djokovic: I love his attitude. His arrogance, his passion, and his style. This started the end of 07.

Murray: this is a recent appreciation...I really enjoy his work ethic...
 
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova for the same reason, the 2004 Wimbledon men's and women's finals were the first tennis matches I ever watched and they made me want to learn how to play tennis :)
 
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Serendipitous

Guest
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova for the same reason, the 2004 Wimbledon men's and women's finals were the first tennis matches I ever watched and they made me want to learn how to play tennis :)

Welcome to the forums!!!! :)
 

norbac

Legend
Murray: 08 RG match against Almagro after having watched his 07 match against Nadal on tape.

Gasquet: When I started getting back into tennis at the end of 05 in some small tournament is when I first noticed him. Became a big fan after the first two sets of last year's 4th round Wimby match against Murray.

Wawrinka: Rome 2008

Haas: Always used to cheer for him around 2000-2002 when I used to watch pretty regularly.

Hewitt: Same as Haas.

Guga Kuerten: I remember watching him win RG with my mom, I was about 8 or 9.
 
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catskillthunder

Professional
1988: Agassi - got into tennis around 88 and really liked how he went against all the rules of the game. Being loud, brash and intense were some of the things that caught my eye immediately. Not to mention he had a titanic of a forehand that I tried to replicate into my own game. I followed Agassi throughout his entire career even when I stopped playing tennis for a long time.

Present: Nadal - Once Andre retired I had to find someone else to root for. Nadal just seemed to be the right choice. Now I follow Nadal like I used to follow Andre.
 
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TheMagicianOfPrecision

Guest
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova for the same reason, the 2004 Wimbledon men's and women's finals were the first tennis matches I ever watched and they made me want to learn how to play tennis :)
Yes welcome to the forums!:)
 

JStar7

Rookie
Murray: I was there at the 2008 US Open match he played versus Jurgen Melzer on that graveyard court they call GrandStand. The comeback he made was incredible and it was a sight to see after him being down two sets and climbing back. Some amazing tennis was produced that match.

Nalbandian: I saw him surgically tear apart Federer in the Madrid Final in 2007. Made me start thinking about tactics very closely on court and start watching his style and how he likes to pick spots.

Nadal: The reason I play Tennis right now is because of him. I started playing around French Open time last year and I watched him decimate every opponent he played at the French in '08 and I wanted to do the same thing. Took that and never looked back...

Monfils: Saw him at the 2008 US Open slide on court and do the impossible against David Nalbandian. Plus his match against Marcos Baghdatis in 07' where he was in another dimension and wacked the crap outta that duck of a ball from Baggy boy.

Verdasco: Followed him last year when I first started playing Tennis. Made me wanna smack every ball that comes to my forehand.
 

bigfoot910

Rookie
Started really liking Roddick when he beat Sampras at the Ericsson tournament in 2001 (right about the time Roddick started hitting big in the pros 18 yo).

I really had a good feeling of things to come, its really too bad that he hit his peak at the same time that Fed really came big on the scene. Fed just took it away from him with amazing play for years at a time... Not a big Fed fan, but you can't argue with greatness...
 
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TheMagicianOfPrecision

Guest
Started really liking Roddick when he beat Sampras at the Ericsson tournament in 2001 (right about the time Roddick started hitting big in the pros 18 yo).

I really had a good feeling of things to come, its really too bad that he hit his peak at the same time that Fed really came big on the scene. Fed just took it away from him with amazing play for years at a time... Not a big Fed fan, but you can't argue with greatness...
Yeah... i really really feel for Roddick, he is a great player and without Fed he would easily have won 4-5 GS, and a secure spot at the HoF...
 

Aabye

Professional
Great thread

Safin: The backhand: so pure, so loud, so right. The head: so screwy, so hard, so wrong. I don't remember the actual date, but I became a big fan sometime in 2000, and by the time the USO came around I was even willing to see him take down my favorite at the time, Pete. Ah, what a waste...

Nadal: This kid had been hyped in TENNIS magazine back when he must have been 15 or 16 years old. I was on the look-out for him, but was used to being disappointed by Spaniards (thanks a lot there, Mosquito). I was starting to become a fan sometime in 2003, and when he beat Federer the next year I was really impressed and pleased. But that DC final against Roddick, sold it for me. The youth showed more heart in that one match than most players do in their entire careers. The bull had horned his way into the top spot on my list of favorites. VAMOS!
 

thejoe

Hall of Fame
Feliciano Lopez-Saw him play Federer at the US Open in 2007 and fell in love with his game. Got to see him play on court 17 at Wimbledon. Unbelievable.
Federer- Remember seeing him play Sampras in 2001, but became a big fan after the 2004 Wimbledon final with Roddick.
 

Clydey2times

Hall of Fame
Been a fan of Murray since I saw him at Wimbledon in 2005. However, it was after he beat Tommy Haas in the quarters of IW in 2007 that I really began to follow him closely. That was an epic match. I'll never forget the start to that 2007 season, during which he played some of the best tennis he has ever played. The match vs. Rafa at AO 07 was unreal.
 

NickH87

Semi-Pro
Verdasco- AO '09 VS NadalI want to watch it again, I cant find it, if anyone has it let me know how to get it

Djokovic- last summer when I saw his impersonations

Nadal- I like his playing style and he beats federer

Safin- he was a beast
 
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Deleted member 25923

Guest
I became a fan of Federer during his awesome reign, mainly 2004, and even moreso when the guy started to struggle in 08. Oddly, I used to root for Rafa more. (Still a fan of Rafa though).

I liked Safin at around the same time. My dad's favorite back then, plus his name and mine are similar.

I used to root for Agassi when I was a kid (I was like 7 years old, but still, I rooted for him US Open 2002). First found out about him at like age 3 :D

And I started to like Edberg last year after I found how amazing his serve and volley tennis was.
 
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Verdasco- AO '09 VS NadalI want to watch it again, I cant find it, if anyone has it let me know how to get it

Djokovic- last summer when I saw his impersonations

Nadal- I like his playing style and he beats federer

Safin- he was a beast
Search in the odds and ends section. Match is in pretty good quality. It freezes from time to time though. My only gripe is that and there is no commentary.
 

JeMar

Legend
Federer- When he took down the U.S. in Davis Cup almost single-handedly.

Davydenko- I can't really point to a match, but the guy is just so fluid on the court. I love how early he takes the ball and the pace he can generate with just timing.

Tommy Haas- Again can't really point to a match, but his backhand is just beautiful.

Kohly- The first match of any significance I saw him play was against Roddick at the Aussie Open. Just a brilliant performance.

Santoro- Doesn't really need a reason. The guy is one of my favorite players to watch and I'll drop everything if I have a chance to see him play.

Roddick- I rag on him a lot, but the guy is a bulldog, even if he's kind of a ****** at times. I still maintain that his 2003 Aussie Open QF is the single greatest match ever played at a slam, and that match alone has made me a fan of his.

Baghdatis- Lots of epic matches. His match against Hewitt comes to mind. I like how he always has a smile when he plays.

Now, for the retired players...

Sampras- Loved the way he fought in the 1995 Aussie Open. That was when I became a huge fan.

Agassi- I was a little young during his rebel days, so I didn't really understand what he was about. I enjoyed his game a lot more as he got older and really began to love the guy near the end of his career. The guy went from being a brat to being the consummate sportsman that he became.

Kuerten- That backhand and that flair. I point to his last RG run as the moment I really began to follow the guy.

Albert Costa- Albert Costa... I could write pages about the guy. The way he fought to win his RG title was phenomenal. He wasn't the biggest, didn't have the most power, didn't have the best touch, but for a couple of years, he had the biggest heart on clay. He fought and scraped his way into the championship and then had to deal with a lot of naysayers that thought he lucked his way into the title. Everyone seemed to forget that he beat Kuerten, Ferrero, and Corretja.

The following year, NOBODY outside of his own household gave him a serious shot at the title, and for the FIRST THREE ROUNDS, it seemed like it may have been a fluke. He had to go five sets four different times en route to the semi-finals. Of those four five-setters, he was down two-sets-to-love on three different occasions, but the man would just not be denied. People say that Nadal has the heart of a lion, but what Costa had to go through in 2003 redefines the phrase. Eventually, his age set in and he could only put up token resistance against Ferrero in the semis.
 
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tennisguyak

Semi-Pro
Santoro - US Open 05 - loved the way it looked like he had a great time and a great attitude playing the whole time. Also his unique strokes are very interesting to watch and appreciate every time I see one of his matches.

Federer - when I first got into tennis around 2004 - I really like how humble he is all the time and the way he never underestimates opponents and respects everyones game.

Ginepri - his amazing run at the open several years back - he's from a town really close to mine and I appreciate the way he always fights even after facing some tough setbacks
 

GameSampras

Banned
95 Australian Open . First match ever I witnessed. Agassi-Sampras in the finals.. Just awesome stuff.. I was hooked on these two but unfortunately, after 95, Andre fell out of contention and I didnt get that same enjoyment without Pete being pushed by Andre which wouldnt happen 4 years later. But the Pete-Goran classics at Wimbeldon or Pete's overcoming Corretja at the 96 USO and then defeating Chang in the finals I loved.


I think every great needs another great rival or two... or three.. I must say even during sampras' reign I got upset when andre went MIA
 

GameSampras

Banned
A run down of some other players..
When I first saw Wodgie?? Oddly enough when he took pete out at Wimbeldon. LOL...




Roddick??? I was getting out of the loop during those years 01-04 or so. Sampras was almost finished, Andre pretty much on his last leg by 03-04. From what i saw of Roddick even at first, I wasnt too impressed outside his serve.. I was thinking, "this is the guy who is the next big american, thats going to take the torch from Andre, Pete, Courier? I dont think so.. Then I saw Pete blow him off the court like he was still a junior.


Hewitt-- First time I saw him was the 00 USO when Pete took him out.. Then I didnt follow him much until the following year where he met pete in the finals.. I could tell Pete was dead from his horrible tough draw, but Hewitt was just returning everything. I still think that was the best Ive ever seen Hewitt look nonetheless.


Safin- I didnt catch the Sampras-Safin 00 USO finals live.. But watched the following year with pete thumping him. I always knew Safin had talent but even back then was very damn streaky and figured he wouldnt see much longevity on top.


Davydenko- Hell if I know. He always sucked.. A crappier version of Chang



Goran- During his battles with Sampras at Wimbeldon the first in 95. Scary player when he was on.

Nadal- Im not really sure.. He looked great on clay when I first saw him but realized quicky that style of play wasnt going to adapt well to other place.. But he did prove me wrong.. kind of
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Federer : around 2002 or 03.

Tsonga : 2007

Davydenko - no idea, but not before his Dubai choke to Lopez.

Wawrinka - 2007

Kohl - AO 08. Vs Roddick. Perhaps earlier.

Djokovic - Montreal/USO 07, or maybe WO 07.

Stepanek - cant remember but after 2007. Used to hate him earlier.

Baggy - AO 06 (or whenever he made that run).
 

JeMar

Legend
A run down of some other players..
When I first saw Wodgie?? Oddly enough when he took pete out at Wimbeldon. LOL...




Roddick??? I was getting out of the loop during those years 01-04 or so. Sampras was almost finished, Andre pretty much on his last leg by 03-04. From what i saw of Roddick even at first, I wasnt too impressed outside his serve.. I was thinking, "this is the guy who is the next big american, thats going to take the torch from Andre, Pete, Courier? I dont think so.. Then I saw Pete blow him off the court like he was still a junior.


Hewitt-- First time I saw him was the 00 USO when Pete took him out.. Then I didnt follow him much until the following year where he met pete in the finals.. I could tell Pete was dead from his horrible tough draw, but Hewitt was just returning everything. I still think that was the best Ive ever seen Hewitt look nonetheless.


Safin- I didnt catch the Sampras-Safin 00 USO finals live.. But watched the following year with pete thumping him. I always knew Safin had talent but even back then was very damn streaky and figured he wouldnt see much longevity on top.


Davydenko- Hell if I know. He always sucked.. A crappier version of Chang



Goran- During his battles with Sampras at Wimbeldon the first in 95. Scary player when he was on.

Nadal- Im not really sure.. He looked great on clay when I first saw him but realized quicky that style of play wasnt going to adapt well to other place.. But he did prove me wrong.. kind of
Go back and watch that match. Safin plays scary good there.
 

JeMar

Legend
Federer : around 2002 or 03.

Tsonga : 2007

Davydenko - no idea, but not before his Dubai choke to Lopez.

Wawrinka - 2007

Kohl - AO 08. Vs Roddick. Perhaps earlier.

Djokovic - Montreal/USO 07, or maybe WO 07.

Stepanek - cant remember but after 2007. Used to hate him earlier.

Baggy - AO 06 (or whenever he made that run).
What did he do in 2007 to change your mind?
 

viduka0101

Hall of Fame
Nadal when he came back to defeat Ljubicic at the Madrid Masters 2005 final
Chardy during the 2008 French
Ivanovic when i first saw her play :)
 
Krajicek AO 1992 Played well, got injured and deserved better.

Sampras wimbledon 1993 At first I though who is this idiot, he can't even keep his tongue inside. But when I saw him play, I knew that he was the best at that time.

Federer wimbledon 2003 Hated Roddick, Federer beat him. Loved him for it. However things change don't hate Roddick anymore, I actually think he is one of the nicer guys on tour. But Federer is still my favorite player.
 
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