Re: Why do we love Alex?
Jared Palmer is American, and is a doubles specialist.
As for when I became a fan, the thing is with these questions I tend come across as bragging when I answer them, but I will try not to this time, though no promises.
I heard the name Corretja from a friend of mine, and he had high hopes for him, and that was when Alex was playing juniors. My first experience of seeing Alex play live was Monte Carlo 1993, as I heard the name and he was playing another favourite of mine Marc Rosset, so I decided to check out this match and was not disappointed.
The thing that impressed me most about Corretja was his fighting spirit, court speed and his consistency, the fact that Rosset won the 1st set and that he remained very calm, then he ended up winning the match in a 3rd set tiebreaker and I wasn't disappointed with the result, and he won me over with this match. He got chopped by Muster in the next round, but I was impressed with Alex and then decided to follow his results more closely, and he became a favourite of mine.
Fortunately I have had the experience of talking to Alex on many occasions, and as RF so eloquently put all the reasons to why he is so likeable. He is down to earth, loves the Barca football team, speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and French very well, tactically intelligent, and he doesn't forget people either once they are known to him.
“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".
Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.