I think it has more to do with his extremely unorthodox playing style. Players are more and more used to matching up against different variants of powerhitting baseline ballbashers, not something like Santoro's forehand slice which is a truly unique shot in today's tennis. I hope his semi-notority and cult status helps create a renaissance for more varied tennis in junior players too.
Now go rip Coca-Kolya a new one, you wily old git.
Very well put.
Wonderful win. Great to see Fab at 34 still able to totally dominate Clement. The stats for the match were truely impressive. 41 winners to only 11 errors. Only one point lost on 1st serve in the 1st two sets. 13 aces vs only 2 dfs. And no breaks of serve against him and only 2 break points against him. Zowie. Would love to see Fab take care of Davydenko now and then get revenge for Berdych's unsporting display at Wimbledon by kicking Berdych's ass. Beating those two won't be at all easy but the way Fab played today it looks like he is going into the next match in his best form.
Fingers crossed. The longer Fab stays on the tour the better it is for tennis. Unlike so many boring power merchants he will be sorely missed.