First time I saw Zhenya play was a couple of years ago and to be honest I really disliked him at first..GOD KNOWS WHY... I can't even remember now
But now I am a true Zhenya fan, that kid is adorable and has a very bright tennis future. His last year's match against Gaudio during Roland Garros totally won me over
During his first round Kremlin Cup match last year I stayed cheering for him till midnight
even though I had to go to work the day after
His tennis is smart, there is a lot of tactic and intelligence in it, he doesn't just hit the ball mindlessly and that is extremely appealing. First time I saw him up close was during the DC semifinals in Moscow and even took a pic with him (see photo thread), then I actually got noticed by him during DC finals in Moscow. I was cheering so furiously on the stands right opposite the ones the Russian team occupied that after the matches I actually had him come up to me and bow
and say thank you. Adorable kid, seriously.
Keeping a close eye on our boy and hoping for more great victories as well as seeing him during DC quarters in 2 weeks