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Re: How did you become a Federer fan?

I think 2004 US Open quarterfinals was the first time I saw Roger play, because my mom was an Agassi fan. I was a bit angry at him for winning, and I thought he was unattractive, but then I saw him the next year at Wimbledon

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I thought he was hot when I caught a glimpse of him during Wimbledon 08 when channel surfing. I was a total tennis noob then and didn't care about sports, but he was drop dead gorgeous and I liked hot guys, so I followed him during the Olympics. Watched the doubles gold medal match and didn't understand what was happening, but fell in love anyway. Then I followed the entire US Open tournament, read about his period of dominance and "decline" which put the victory in context, and that cemented it for me.

It's pretty incredible because I was never a fan of sports; my exposure to tennis was limited to seeing a few minutes of Ferrero and Hewitt, before Roger started dominating, when they were at the top of the game. But it was just wonderful watching Roger play, his fluid beautiful game, and it made a person who didn't know much, or anything at all, about tennis fall in love with the game. Tennis is such a huge part of my life now that I honestly can't remember what my life was like before without it, and I only have Roger to thank for this.
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His talent attracted me to his game. Not his winning, his talent and finesse for the game, it's so rare since the demise of wooden racquets. He's also a wonderful role model, intelligent, multi lingual, focused, healthy, family orientated and bar some bitter people, almost universally adored. It's hard not to like the guy!

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Robbie Federer's quote in Wertheim's "Strokes of Genius: Fed, Nadal and the Greatest Match ever Played" - Cry when you win, cry when you lose. But don't ever cheat.


You can admire someone's game but if you don't like the person, you can never be a true fan. I was a casual fan of tennis back in the 90s and the only player I got behind was Andre, esp. when he played Sampras. Then i kinda lost interest in the early 2000s.

So when I saw this Swiss guy who didn't move so much as float on court, I really started paying attention to tennis again. Never seen any player with that kind of fluidity, balance, finesse and perfect technique. Never described a player's game as beautiful before but with Roger Federer, no other description comes to mind. He is truly the most beautiful player I've ever seen in my life. So I already was a huge admirer of his game but I really became a fan when I saw how each of his wins and losses meant to him. You get the sense of the man behind the player when you see the tears, you can tell the game means alot to him. Even after all the records he's broken, all the titles he's won, how much $$ in the bank now, he's still out there on the practice courts trying to get better. That's just very inspiring to me. So I'm a great admirer of his game, but I admire the person behind the player even more.
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It was July 2003... I had never watched a tennis match before (apart from Davis Cup maybe). My uncle had left for vacation, and he gave the keys of his house to my parents, just in case they needed them. He had Sky and wimbledon was being televised in that period. I don't how I became aware that the Wimbledon final was going to be played that weekend and I decided to watch it (I didn't follow tennis back then, so I only knew something about big names like Sampras, Agassi...). I see that the final is played by two players I've never heard of. Some Mark Philippoussis and a certain Roger Federer.

I see this guy winning it in straights... and from then on I became fan (especially since 2004).

I am really happy the first tennis match I watched was that 2003 Wimbledon final!

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I vaguely remember watching the 2004 Wimbledon final and wildy cheering for him after he he lost set 1 .Nice journey since
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Re: How did you become a Federer fan?

Very nice to tell how I started to follow Roger.
I could write a lot of pages of all about him...

So many of you love tennis because of RF (is it correct to tell it in english in this way? )
I started following tennis at the end of the 80s and my favorite player was Michael Shtich and Pete Sampras.
I played tennis until my 16 years old age and after les and less.
In the spring of 2010 I came back and the passion of this game was the same like when I was yung.
I didn't have the pay per view and I couldn't watch top players matches so around me peole spoke about the two best players of the lat 10 years. And I haven0t see any of them so I didn't know who I would choose after seen them.
I comtinued to play and not watch the tennis. After a so long stop I dind' have yet the tecnique yet but he think I enjoyed mostly was when I was able to make winners with fake shots and with a strange solutuins ... so I wanted more and more watch that 2 big players and for the USO 2010 I found a streaming and after I bought the pay per view. O course it's unnecessary to tell you whitch of the two I choose One is the TENNIS and the other only a great tennis player whitch stile I don't like.

At the beginning I found Roger a fascinating guy but I was able to limitate may admiration to the tennis player.
After in AO 2011 I understoot to be particularly fascinated by him when on the TV there was the spot of the credit swiss with the sweeming poll so I decided to stop this and I obliged myself to ignore the man and to continue to admire the tennis player.
It was so nice to separate the things and only to enjoy his genious play.
When he payed I was enjoing or suffering too much if he didn't win but only for the agonism I have when I see him play (or only was what I tried to tell to myself).
All that balance was borken one day of the 2011's US Open in the match against Tsonga when I sow him laugh (see my avatar) of that stupid of dancer. I don't know what happened in that moment but I realized that I'm really too much fashinated by him and I'm not able to stop this.
So in that last months all the emotions were amplified of that both sesations and admirations - The joy when he won the titles for the player he is but also reading all that happiness in his eyes and his so cute slmile was a so melty sensation for me. And the oposit when he lost from Nadal in AO (fortunately I didn't watch this match and I decidet to not doing it after the big error to watch the replay of the us open semy) or the davis cup defeat.

Fortunately I'm able to switch off this new strage situation and turn it on when I want. This is the experience and the age gives the consciousness of the real and unreal things. But Is nice to switch it on and mange it with serenity

I stop really now. There is so much to write
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Re: How did you become a Federer fan?

what a cute story!
here's a little animation of your 'moment'





you can see more cute and funny things in the "Roger is a Dork" pics thread

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what a cute story!
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The first time I actually watched a tennis match was back in 2001 US Open, I dont even remember who were playing. My grandad was a huge fan of the sport and used to sit up to the wee hours to catch the matches, especially Slam time. I did catch a lot of the quarterfinals b/w Agassi and Pete and Andre instantly grew on me.

Still, that was really one off and I didnt really start following tennis till another 2 years. Ironically, again it was the US open. I was flipping channels and caught a match between this pony tailed noob and a very unattractive jack. It was mid way through the fourth round match between Roger and Nalbandian. I had seen Fed's pictures on the papers when he had won Wimbledon earlier that year but he didnt make a big impression on me then. Not looking like that, you wont However, I watched this match from midway through the second set and both were playing some great tennis. Both played almost similar attacking tennis that was fun to watch, however the Argentine was winning and mid way through the third I found myself involuntarily cheering for the geeky guy. Roger lost the match but he had earned a new fan. Was it perhaps because he lost the match? The syndrome of liking the loser? Maybe.
From 2004 onwards, I became an avid supporter - helped that he was so damn unbeatable - and fretting over his matches had become a full time occupation.

But today, ironically, I love Roger more than I did during his days of domination. I discovered how happy Federer's matches - and wins - started to make me later on, how sad his painful losses made me. He had come to mean more than just a tennis player, he was a major distraction for me, a way out sometimes, if you know what I mean. Thus, Roger as a person too grew on me for I recognized his importance almost in my day today life
It sounds crazy, and people I have told this to have called me on it but it is true. Perhaps its omething only the true fans can understand

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what a cute story!
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you can see more cute and funny things in the "Roger is a Dork" pics thread
Yes thnanks - I visited it before I write my fist message here. Too dangerous 3d

I don't know if cute or stupid at that age (34)
But in that moment all stopped and into me entered this big sesation, happyness - I couldt brethe and it was as my heart had stopped to beating All was sow big - like a big wave in the see that coms over you - bigger than me and my mind that for mounths wanted to ignore the man he is.
After that I continued to watch thh match but for days I couldnt stop thinking back about that laugh and smile... As I recorded the match I rewinded the file to review that moment and any time I felt so happy.


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He had come to mean more than just a tennis player, he was a major distraction for me, a way out sometimes, if you know what I mean. Thus, Roger as a person too grew on me for I recognized his importance almost in my day today life
It sounds crazy, and people I have told this to have called me on it but it is true. Perhaps its omething only the true fans can understand
I understand. It's the same. After that I realized I was attracted for the man and it was enough just to admire his beauty and to unleash the imagination. But when he came back and won Basel his sweetness havs overwhelmed me when I sow him so happy. In that momente I felt more than a simple distraction.

One night I woke up scared thinking that there was an earthquake. I could not sleep again. At that moment I simply tought of Roger and I felt great happiness and peace and after I fell asleep happy without realizing it.

Nowaday I still can turn off all about him when I need it. So spite of all this is stupid i don't care and take it easy.
I hope to be able to do it in the future too if not

Of course for all the people I'm only a fan of the player

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Pretty simple answer to a nice question. When I was quite small, he was just getting into his stride at Wimbledon, the only tournament I really watched as a young child. I guess I just appreciated his smile more than anything else, at first. Then the appreciation of the glorious tennis came towards the mid-noughties. He's never been my favourite player, but he will always be the player I support when it comes to the big matches between the top players, that will stay the same so long as none of my other favourites break into the top of the game.
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I thought he was hot when I caught a glimpse of him during Wimbledon 08 when channel surfing. I was a total tennis noob then and didn't care about sports, but he was drop dead gorgeous and I liked hot guys, so I followed him during the Olympics. Watched the doubles gold medal match and didn't understand what was happening, but fell in love anyway. Then I followed the entire US Open tournament, read about his period of dominance and "decline" which put the victory in context, and that cemented it for me.

It's pretty incredible because I was never a fan of sports; my exposure to tennis was limited to seeing a few minutes of Ferrero and Hewitt, before Roger started dominating, when they were at the top of the game. But it was just wonderful watching Roger play, his fluid beautiful game, and it made a person who didn't know much, or anything at all, about tennis fall in love with the game. Tennis is such a huge part of my life now that I honestly can't remember what my life was like before without it, and I only have Roger to thank for this.
Only Roger could do this!

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