OMG Duong!! That's exactly what happened to me! I could have written that paragraph! I stopped watching tennis both for personal reasons and because I couldn't endure another serve fest between Ivanisevic and Sampras! I also saw Roger for the first time in Houston in 2003 and I also fell in love with his game. He brought me back to tennis, too.
The other day I met a friend whom I hadn't seen in ages and she asked me: "Do you still watch tennis? Are you still a Federer fan?" I answered: "Wow. Is it that long since we last saw each other?"
How I stopped being a Roger fan is another story... But I'll always love his game. Always. And I will be very sad when he retires.
Funny because in that tournament also was where I first saw Federer play, against my then favorite Agassi, and I started following more and more of his matches.