I probably posted it before, but am too lazy to look it up. I was sort of already seeing the quality in him as player, the one time he made a "sub par" American Davis cup team look silly to say the least, he singly manhandled them 3-0.
From this moment I think in 2001 or 2002, I know Patrick was already the captain I had him in sight.
Then he completely won me over after winning his first wimbledon title, I always loved it when he beat Roddick. That 2003 tournie was sweet, especially after the Roddick comprehensive win in the semis, I liked Mark too but Federer was whom I was rooting for in that final, my sister wanted Mark to win, so I never like being a follower.
Since this moment I have been a loyal follower and admirer of his skill and game.