Just realised I haven't posted on this thread yet.
I first watched Juanqui play in the match in my avatar---the Masters Cup round robin match with Goran in YEC Sydney 2001.
I was a big Goran fan from 1994 (I still am), so naturally I was rooting for Goran. I knew Ferrero was one of top youngsters, but didn't know much else. Also, I have to confess that at that time I was one of those Wimbledon fanatics; I had this very biased idea about Spanish players and those excel on clay, although I had hardly watched any match on clay at that point. (Yes, now I'm ashamed of myself back then.
BUT that day I was pleasantly surprised that JC was playing extremely well on an indoor court, and I enormously enjoyed the match although Goran lost in two tie break sets. Actually, this was the first time I didn't feel that crap that Goran lost, partly because Goran was clearly enjoying the match and also because JC played fantastically, and he was so cute! It was a top-notch eye candy match I tell you!
From that day, JC became my top favourite young player (I was of course loyal to Goran, too
) and I started following JC's career. Very soon he became my top guy along Goran, and I learned how exciting clay court tennis can be.
So I'm very grateful to JC for opening the door for me for this whole new world of
clay court tennis, which I now love very much. But for him, I would still have been one of those prejudiced, ignorant people who think fast court tennis is the best and clay is boring without watching it properly. The point is that Juanqui can play on all surfaces, and that's why he colud convert me.
That's why this Sydney match means so much to me.