This is a serious completely non-bashing question that I have for Federer lovers. Why is it that you like him so much? I mean, is it the beauty of his game? His personality? The fact that he wins so often and it's rewarding to back a winner?
A combination of these things?
I ask because different players appeal to me for different reasons. I like Rafa because of his intensity, because he strikes me as a really nice guy and because he wins. Yep, I admit it. It's fun to cheer for somebody who knows how to win.
But Marat...well, my liking him has NOTHING to do with his ability to win (obviously) and more to do with his game and his...passion. Plus he just entertains the hell out of me. I put Marcos in this category as well. Thanks in advance for your honesty.
Beautiful tennis is the number one factor. With the exception of Nadal, all my favorites have classically beautiful games.
All that winning is the reason Federer is my absolute favorite over all the other players with beautiful games. For one thing, I admire his ability to deliver week in, week out. For another, dominance just makes me
. But if it were, say, Roddick dominating the tour, I would admire in an abstract way, but I wouldn't watch.
While I am a fan of his personality, and it makes me proud to be
a Federer fan, it's not a reason I'm a fan, if that makes any sense. I'm a fan of some very different personalities, including Federer's (calm), Baghdatis's & Santoro's (cheerful), Safin's (sometimes explosive, always charismatic), and Nadal's (sometimes intense, sometimes cuddly), and I'm a fan of Haas qua player despite the fact that most of the time I think he needs a good spanking.