I've probably told this story a hundred times
but for the record:
My family were over at a friend’s house in 05- these friends were tennis mad, as we knew; they kept us vaguely aware of tennis happenings although we didn't care then. 'Unfortunately' for us, the whole gathering was glued to the television screen watching the Australian Open. We had no choice but to sit down and watch with them, so I ended up becoming quite interested, gradually learning the rules etc -
Later that day was the big Federer-Safin semi. I think the whole room was cheering for Feds, but I remember rooting for Safin
because I knew Hewitt was on the other side of the draw, and being a non-tennis fan but Aussie, I'd have liked to see him win - and despite not knowing anything about tennis, I had
heard of Federer and him being no.1 and Great, so thought Safin would be an easier match for Hewitt. Well, lol.
Anyway, by the end of the match I was taken aback by this 'Federer' guy and quite suddenly enjoying tennis (not really the sports-watching family, us). After the AO, though, the tennis buzz quickly died down and forgotten until 05 Masters Cup in Shanghai. When I felt quite sad about Roger's loss against Nalby, that was when I realised I'd become a fan!
So...I've been a Federer fan since I started watching tennis, though that hasn't been very long