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How did you become a Federer fan?

RonE
10-16-2004, 01:27 AM
Well?

I first noticed him in Marseilles, I think it was in 2000 or 2001 (can't remember) when he played Rosset in the final there. At first I didn't think all that much about him coz he had a quick temper and was very erratic.

But then, his greatest victory in his early years was also one of the most painful for me- his win over Sampras at Wimbledon 2001. At the time I was really dissappointed, but after I got over the loss and learned to appreciate the achievement, I thought to myself "this guy could really be awesome if he only pulled himself together on a consistent basis".

I was still a Sampras fan till the day that Pete retired, but from that Wimbledon 2001 and on I kept my eye firmly on Roger, waiting for him to tap his amazing potential.

During TMC 2002 when he really pushed Hewitt hard in their semifinal meeting but lost, that was more confirmation that he really had the ability to beat the world's best, but just had to find a way to toughen up mentally.

Then I was happy that he started winning tournaments on a consistent basis during the early 2003 season, but was still so annoyed that he didn't play the tennis I knew he was capable of during the grand slams.

When he lost to Horna in RG 2003, I was sooooo pissed off :mad:
Seeing him win in Halle re-ignited that spark of hope for Wimbledon, but I must admit at the time I was highly skeptical.

But he worked his way through the draw, and when he beat Schalken to make his first appearance in a grand slam semi I thought to myself "here we go! Finally a new personal best result in a slam". I was really happy and was hoping for him to go as far as possible. But in my wildest dreams I didn't imagine he would have such unbelievable performances against Roddick and Philippoussis. I was so ecstatic after the final, I almost cried too. I finally thought "this is it!!!!!! This is the moment I've been waiting for!!!". I was so thrilled.

But then his hard court swing revived a bit of those old doubts- those matches he should never have blown against Roddick in Montreal and Nalbandian in USO :mad:.

Towards the end of the year, after his abysmal performances in the TMS fall events all I was hoping for was for him to rest and be fresh for 2004. But then he showed up in TMC and again, when I least expected it, played some of the most incredible tennis I had ever seen. When he whipped Andre in the final, I KNEW he had finally validated himself, and that Wimbledon victory was no fluke.

Then, at the AO at the beginning of the year, he totally erased any doubts I had left about him, especially the Hewitt and Nalbandian matches- two players who really had him baffled and he beat them both at the highest tier, I knew at that moment that he had turned the page. And when he won the final against Marat, I knew winning a 2nd GS title proved he was no one-slam wonder, he was the real thing!

From that moment on, it was one huge party all year long, and I hope it doesn't stop :banana: :banana: :banana:

Fedex
10-16-2004, 01:38 AM
Well?

But in my wildest dreams I didn't imagine he would have such unbelievable performances against Roddick and Philippoussis. I was so ecstatic after the final, I almost cried too. I finally thought "this is it!!!!!! This is the moment I've been waiting for!!!". I was so thrilled.

lol, well who would of thought that Federer would play that well against Roddick and then Mark? Who would of thought that he could destroy the worlds best server that easily? I didnt think so. I was actually calm about that match, I thought Roddick would win. I am still in shock of the shots that he came up with in that Roddick match. :eek: :worship: :worship:

SUKTUEN
10-16-2004, 06:52 AM
I also a Pete fan forever , :worship:

I be Roger's fan at he win Pete in Wimby 2001 ,he beat my idol ! :banana:

But I attract by Roger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :inlove: :inlove:

Yoda
10-16-2004, 07:54 AM
Same here...saw Roger play in juniors and wondererd how his shotmaking abilities would fare in the ATP circuit. And come Wimby 2001 vs Sampras, I was in awe of that performance. Been a big fan ever since but had to wait patiently since 2001 for Rogi's potential to come through (have been telling my friends how great Roger is since 2001).

Now I just hope Roger stays healthy and and keeps the tennis public mesmerized with his fantastic skills. Like most fans, I want him to break records and take his place among tennis immortals, but more importantly I'm gonna enjoy the ride. :worship:

Daniel
10-16-2004, 09:42 AM
since 2000, as a hingis fan i follow some other swiss players and niticed Roger, :worship:

WyveN
10-16-2004, 10:26 AM
Ive been a fan of Federer since I first saw him play. It was early 2000 a first round davis cup tie between Australia and Switzerland in Zurich.

I had only heard briefly of Federer at the time and didn't expect much resistance from him against the Australians. But then Roger played great tennis to beat Philippoussis, win the doubles and had the upper hand in large parts of the match against Hewitt, despite losing.

Since then I knew it would be a matter of time since Roger would begin playing well, he looked very weak mentally in those early years but I knew that he would still eventually win at least 1 slam with a bit of luck. Never did I expect him to reach the level he did at Wimbledon in 2003 or USO 2004 though.

The 2002 Wimbledon/FO disasters were disapointing but interestingly enough I was most concerned about Roger very early this year prior to the Australian Open. Roger played magnificent tennis to win in Houston yet seeing him in a warm up event in Australia when he first arrived there Roger could barely keep the ball in the court and I was worriedthat Roger may be another Safin, plenty of talent but very rarely does it all come together for him to play well.

Roger got rid of those fears during AO :)

forever_rafter
10-16-2004, 10:46 AM
I saw him for the first time in 1999, Roland Garros 1st round match vs Patrick Rafter. As a "to die for" Rafter fan I was a bit shoked wgen Rogi won the firts set, but Pat quickly focused and gave Rogi a lesson of tennis. Still, I remember that Eurosport comentator was very impressed of Roger;s tennis skills and he was only 17-years-old back than :)

Nymeria
10-16-2004, 10:53 AM
I've cheered for Roger since the first time I saw him playing. I think it was the end of 2000. Then I didn't hear of him and in Februari 2001 I saw him again on tv, the first whole match I saw of him, it was the final of Rotterdam-tournament vs. Escude (Roger lost :sad: ) but since that moment I've been really following him.

federer_roar
10-16-2004, 11:30 AM
I chanced upon Roger on TV playing in Wimbledon this year. It's a magic, since then I am addicted to his game.

Sometimes it's really irritating when some ppl turned up their nose on me as if I have to take a course to be a tennis fan ! :mad: It's totally crap. I maybe new to tennis, but it doesn't mean I don't know how to appreciate the game. Anyway it never be difficult to fall in love with Roger and his game. ;)

avocadoe
10-16-2004, 12:49 PM
I'm not sure but it was love at first sight :) I know I enjoyed his Wimby win over Pete and from then on I have been a big fan. I waited for him to agin a mind hold on himself, and he did. At IW last year, 2004, I spent so much time beside his practice court, I was afraid I'd get arrested for stalking. In 2003 also at IW he still was carrying the burden, the discrepency between what he felt he could/should be and where he was. He looked burdened. This year, all that put to rest, in looked free, light as the desert air :)

forever_rafter
10-16-2004, 02:31 PM
nicely said, avocadoe

User ID 4783
10-16-2004, 03:52 PM
I became a Federer fan because I simply adore his kind of play :)

ZaZaGook
10-16-2004, 04:09 PM
since 2000, as a hingis fan i follow some other swiss players and niticed Roger, :worship:
:bowdown: Same here Daniel..:kiss:

Nymeria
10-16-2004, 04:20 PM
:bowdown: Same here Daniel..:kiss:

Esther? :p Good to see ya here as well :p

ZaZaGook
10-16-2004, 04:35 PM
Esther? :p Good to see ya here as well :p

Legolas? :o i'm not familiar with your nick here..:eek:

Nymeria
10-16-2004, 05:09 PM
Legolas? :o i'm not familiar with your nick here..:eek:

I know :p but you know me :p I'm Yvil ;)

ZaZaGook
10-16-2004, 05:11 PM
I know :p but you know me :p I'm Yvil ;)

I was about to ask you...are you vincent? then, i checked your profile..Hmmm..:scratch: looked a lil familiar..kinda like yvil..:haha:

Sjengster
10-16-2004, 05:30 PM
Wimbledon 2001: I'd only just started following tennis properly with RG that year, and the first time I'd really bothered paying attention to the men's event at Wimbledon was in the latter stages the year before. That was when I suddenly realised how much I wanted someone to stop Sampras winning AGAIN, and was rooting for Rafter in the final, but he blew an excellent chance. In 2001 the defending champion was rusty and below-par and was taken to five sets by Britain's finest wildcard entrant Barry Cowan (who has now carved a broadcasting career in tennis out of that one near-miss, BTW), but still he wouldn't go down. I'm anticipating the prospect of a QF with Henman and another Sampras victory, and then on the highlights show one evening McEnroe happens to suggest that "if Pete doesn't step it up in the next round, he's not gonna beat Federer."

Who? Oh yeah, that guy in the headband whom I saw briefly at RG shouting and throwing temper tantrums and digging himself a grave against Corretja in the quarters (this was all I'd ever seen or heard of Federer before then, and my only impression was that he was far too petulant). But then as the match unfolded, I became mesmerised by how he was managing to dominate the game against Sampras in a way no-one else had managed to do in years. The style was nice, very impressive, but above all the fact that someone was able to take on Pete was what really pleased me. He got up two sets to one, then lost the fourth set breaker with a forehand that he hooked wide when the whole court was open, and I thought Sampras had squeezed through again. But then I remember the final game, with some volley errors getting Federer to matchpoint, and the amazing return winner he hit down the line to end it - "He's done it!" the commentator shouted, and as they shook hands at the net he asked "How long will it be before we see this young man lifting this very title?" In all honesty, I didn't think it would happen only two years later.

After that he was kind enough to lose a very tight match to Henman in the quarters and then he rather went off my radar. I did hope in vain for him to at least live up to the hype before his match with Agassi at the US Open, and he did nothing of the sort, which is hardly surprising in hindsight. The one big match I recall from the indoor season of 2001 was that first meeting with Roddick in Basel - so interesting to compare the match-up then with now, because both were young and inexperienced and were on a much more even footing. Federer failed to serve out the match and came back from 3-5 down in the deciding breaker to win it 7-5. He lost in the final to Henman, but I was a confirmed fan now.

2002 was incredibly frustrating, though, full of great highs and equally great lows. The main presenter we have over here on Sky Sports was never that impressed with what he saw as Federer's apathetic attitude - he's singing a different tune now, of course - and was always slamming him after early-round losses, saying someone needed to give him a kick up the backside. I could see his point, given that Federer's emotionless demeanour can make it look like he's tanking when he's losing. Everyone declared that he had made it to the big time when he won Hamburg, and then the GS defeats followed... Wimbledon was a particular low point, he had absolutely no idea what to do on the court. It was painful watching him lose tight matches over the summer because of low confidence; commentators were still labelling him one of the lesser favourites for the US Open, saying he had the potential, but that sort of status really didn't match what I was seeing on the court.

Back then it was matches with Hewitt that were the most infuriating, especially that TMC match which summed up everything that was wrong with Federer at the time: 5/21 breakpoints converted, getting up 5-2 in the first set and losing five straight games... interestingly Hewitt was at a real low ebb during that tournament, he barely scraped through in all his matches, and he choked the second set in return after serving for the match. Federer then had umpteen chances to break in the decider, didn't take them, and finally lost through physical fatigue - he was double faulting his service games away at the end.

Last year it was Nalbandian that was the big frustration, his ability to read Federer's game perfectly and Federer's inability to change things around. That US Open loss was the last straw - he went in talking tough about being motivated for the match, saying it was time he beat him, that he was going to try something different... and there was no evidence of that at all. Instead he notched up over 60 unforced errors, insisted on serve-volleying every first serve when he was getting killed on the returns, and let control of the match slip away from him. I thought he had turned the corner in many ways when he beat Agassi at last in that RR match at Houston, but I didn't think he had truly arrived at the top until those back to back victories over Hewitt and Nalbandian at the AO this year. I remember getting up in the morning to check the result of both those matches, and both times I fully expected Federer to have lost, given his head-to-head with them. Everything has seemed so much easier since then.

What was it that made me a Federer fan? Short answer, that Wimbledon win, LOL.

yanchr
10-16-2004, 05:33 PM
It was really a pity that I didn't catch Roger earlier enough, but still it was not late.

TMC 02 was when I saw Roger for the first time. Guess what I thought on seeing him at first sight: hey this guy must be about 28 or sth and must be some fluke participant of TMC :p I was surprised about his real profile, 21 of age was the most surprising thing:p, before I saw him play. After I saw him play, I was not surprised any more. I was thinking like OK, it did make sense that he was called the next Sampras (I was once a Pete fan and dumped tennis after I had to live at school and at the same time when Pete was going down his way). So watching his semi against Hewitt knowing exactly how the match went on made me a bit frustrated and pissed off. TMC 02 marked the start of my love with Roger and his game. Then I followed him more and more closely.

There came 03 AO. The only match I caught was 4th round against Nalbandian. I was staying up late into the midnight only to find him lose in a 5 setter. But I was really optimistic and encouraged, thinking that if he could keep his level of play up to that of the 4th set, then he was almost unbeatable.

Before FO, I rarely had chance to watch any tennis coz I had to stick to school. Only some news from time to time. And then one day I came back home, turning on the TV right on stepping in my house, only to hear that 'The 5th (or 6th? don't remember clearly) seed Roger Federer from Switzerland knocked out in the first round by surprise, other top players through'. I was like, oh well, guy, how could you treat me like this, you know, I came back home just for your FO action:o Almost no more FO for me any more.

Wimbledon semi was really a story for everyone I think, coz it was the best ever tennis I've ever seen. Things were really not optimistic before the semi. I was eagerly waiting for Roger's match live on TV every day, and the only one time they gave me the favor of covering his match live finally, there came the rain, and after some time of waiting, the live coverage was cut off. I was going crazy :mad::mad: Before the semi happened, I thought maybe the semi would be the only time I got to watch Roger in this Wimbledon:mad: I had much doubt if Roger could beat the media fav and at-that-moment-highly-hyped Andy. And we all knew what happened next. There came the perfect, without any foretoken.

Afterwards, my love for Roger and his tennis was taken to another realm;) and it only grew deeper and deeper with time passing by.

Not to mention the disappointing US summer hard court season, the outstanding nerve-wrecking staring at the sb in the middle of the night with turns of sleep to waking up sitting in front of my pc plus some tormenting rain break during the Nalby match, with the final loss in my morning and the disastrous mood, just want to mention the milestone match, TMC RR against Agassi. I was really not expecting much from Roger in TMC considering his poor form and mental condition going into TMC. This one was STH. This match included every major factor that counts in a tennis match. The quality, the nerve, the rivalry, the mistake, the bad call, and above all the WIN. I still highly doubt that if Roger hadn't won this match, he would have been the same Roger now. Probably not. This match was definitely the remarkable turningpoint of his career. I think any word to describe my feelings at that moment is not enough.

His smooth move this year began right from the start though he showed poor form again before AO. I didn't at all expect him to win AO now that he had just split his coach and with the monsterous draw. Actually no idea about his decision to tour alone. That Hewitt match was big, but the Nalbandian match was even bigger. I always think he has much of the ability to beat Hewitt but not that with Nalbandian. The fact was that the Nalby match was pretty even and I somehow thought Roger went through with some kind of luck and of course big play in big points. Really not much difference between the loser and the winner. So despite that he had the best match of his AO run with the Hewitt one, the Nalbandian one did count. After he climbed the two huge mountains especially consecutively, I at last felt some relief and conviction: the title probably was his. And after the final win and finally clinching the World No.1 ranking, I remember my commentator said sth impressive, now that Roger climbed the World No.1 position, he would be glad to see who will pull him off that position and when. I didn't dare to have that thinking back then, but now I am thinking the same. I'd love to find it out too.

Fedex
10-16-2004, 06:30 PM
The one big match I recall from the indoor season of 2001 was that first meeting with Roddick in Basel - so interesting to compare the match-up then with now, because both were young and inexperienced and were on a much more even footing. Federer failed to serve out the match and came back from 3-5 down in the deciding breaker to win it 7-5. He lost in the final to Henman, but I was a confirmed fan now.

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He was down 3-5 in the deciding tiebreak. I didnt know that. Had Roddick only won a couple more points, this H2H with Roddick could be entirely different. :eek: Thank god he won that match. ;) Imagine if Andy was 8-1 against Roger :eek: :tape:

Nymeria
10-16-2004, 07:06 PM
I was about to ask you...are you vincent? then, i checked your profile..Hmmm..:scratch: looked a lil familiar..kinda like yvil..:haha:

:lol:

ow you've a great avatar!

babsi
10-16-2004, 09:35 PM
In 2003 I heard on the radio,that a swiss player named Roger Federer had won the finale at Halle and I thought - what ,I don´t even know his name!
Than I learned,that he had reached the final at Wimby against Flipper(sorry there is no way, me, trying to spell his name).Big servers and >I can only play from the baseline< players, had gotten me off the game entierly.:( :(
I thought,lets have a look at Federer
So I did have a look - and that was that - end of story :) :) :)

soonha
10-17-2004, 05:54 AM
Hi, Rogi fans!

This is my first post, though it's been a while since I registered this forum.

Before saying how I became a fan of Roger, let me tell you this first:
YOU GUYS -all Rogi fans- ARE SO COOL!!! :worship:
I've been having a really great time of reading your posts full of wit, humor, and love to Roger. I can easily imagine that all Rogi fans are so funny, warm-hearted, and nice people just like him. BTW, English is not my native language(I'm from Korea) so please excuse poor grammar and short expressions. I bet you guys don't care much:).

Well, where do I start? It was Wimbledon 2004 when I first saw Rogi playing tennis. Although I don't know much about tennis, I'd loved to watch playing tennis since I was a big fan of Borg and, after him, Sampras. But when Sampras started to get down in late 90s, I almost lost my interest in tennis. Besides I was too busy at work to follow games or watch TV. By early this year, all I knew about men's tennis was that some young guys having last names starting with "F"(Federer, Ferrero, Ferrer, Ferreira, etc-they sound all the same for me to discriminate from each other!) had been emerging as the next generation to Sampras and Agassi.

And then, by some chance(I can tell you, it was just kind of an remote control accident), I saw Rogi playing at Wimbledon quarterfinal against Hewitt on ESPN. Within a few minutes, literally I got mesmerized and speechless. His game was....what can I say? It was nothing else to say other than art. He was moving like a butterfly or a leopard on the baseline. His shots were exactly hitting the lines and at times he dashed to the net like a thunderbolt. A perfect combination of precision, power, speed and, most suprisingly, elegance. I was so stunned, like, 'wow, this guy is a real genius. How can he do that?'

Immediately after then I searched the news and articles throughout internet and got to know that I was not the only one feeling that way. It was a so surprising and strange feeling for me that I could notice his tennis accidentally and be immediately falling in love with it. It's just like love at the first sight. What impressed me more than his game was his down-to-earth personality and cool demenor on court(Isn't he just perfect?). Yes, I've been in love with him as a person as well since I got to know that.

Since the match against, I've followed most of his games. I saw him at the Wimbledon final and at USO QF, in which matches he almost lost but finally won against all odds. Now I have to think of him not a genius as a human, but a genius divine blessed by god. Only a few, like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Schummacher, Zinedine Zidane,... are capable of making it possible to put a sport up to art and to change a course of the game by their own geniuses and wills. I think Roger is one of them.

I am now a prisoner of the charm of his tennis and of course of himself as a person. I just hope at the moment he will be staying healthy and motivated so that he will show us his beautiful tennis for a long, long time.

Nymeria
10-17-2004, 08:49 AM
welcome aboard soonha! Your English is fine, I think for most of us English is not our native language ;)

RonE
10-17-2004, 09:54 AM
Welcome Soonha :wavey:

And yes, I'm pretty sure all of us feel the same way about Roger, at least I know I do :)

Mrs. B
10-17-2004, 10:05 AM
he played Marc Rosset in the finals of Marseille, 2000, and almost won. It was tb in the 3rd set. and i thought, it was just a matter of time. and experience. he's got the shots. then he did win his first title in the same year, in Milan, beating the Frenchman Boutier.
then he beat Sampras in Wimby in 2001, still remember the emotions, the tears...he had dethroned the king of the holy grass.
i've followed his career closely since, and in spite of the ups & downs of 2002, he did win Wimbledon last year, which made me very very happy and proud. i'm sure other fans felt the same way.
but it's unbelievable what he's achieved in the last 15 months after winning that title.
:worship:
just glad to know that there are other millions of tennis fans around the world who could watch and enjoy his beautiful game on tv. or live. it's a privilege.
and i'm enjoying my tennis more because of him. and even if he doesn't win another GS after this, i'm still happy for the milestones in his young professional life.
but i hope he'll stay around for a while.

Mrs. B
10-17-2004, 10:13 AM
:wavey: an-nyong ha se yo soonha!

babsi
10-17-2004, 10:53 AM
Hello soonha,
nice to have you here :) :) :)

Your english is very good, no need to apologize :)

Yoda
10-17-2004, 12:44 PM
Welcome Soonha, another lucky soul to be bewitched by Federer's charms :wavey:

ytben
10-17-2004, 06:04 PM
Welcome soonha :wavey: Please stop being shy and post more ;)

Great read to find out how we all end up to be a fan of Rogi :D

I am a new fan of Rogi relatively, only became a fan after USO 2003. I was only a casual tennis fan before.

I watched Wimbly 2003 up till QF, then I left to go vacation with my friends. With how US tennis coverage is, I completely missed Rogi there. Although I have heard after the QF on what a matchup the SF between the new American future tennis great and this unknown guy who beat Sampras in 2001 would be. I left believing that Roddick will win hands down (brainwashed by ESPN hype about Roddick :o ). As you can tell I am an easy prey to any kind of advertisments, woe is my wallet. I was really surprised to find out later that the unknown guy won in straight sets, and not only that he also won the final against Scud in straight sets as well. But still wasn't interested enough to find out anything about the new Wimbly champion at this point.

Then the next time I heard about him was during USO 2003. I heard quite a bit of hype about this Roger Federer guy, how complete and supposedly have any shots in the book etc. Then I finally got to watch him for the first time when he played against Blake. I have to admit I kinda expect him not to be that good, but found out to my very pleasant surprise for once an advertisment live up to its billing :D I was smitten, I have never seen his brand of tennis. Even though he lost in a very poor manner in the next round against Nalby, I was sold. So I bought his Wimbly SF and F DVD, and that's it.

I got addicted and tried to find out any information I can get about Rogi to make up for all the time I have been missing out. And my addiction hasn't been cured to this day I am happy to say ;) And thanks to Rogi I am now a full time tennis fan.

mitalidas
10-17-2004, 09:00 PM
It all began on a cold and windy night.... 2002 Masters cup in Shanghai, 75 57 75 loss to Hewitt, but for me it was the beginning of my Federermania

soonha
10-17-2004, 09:24 PM
Thanks for warm welcome, guys!

Mrs.B, do you speak Korean? I didn't expect someone from Europe to say hello in Korean. What a nice surprise!

Fergie
10-18-2004, 04:28 AM
since 2000, as a hingis fan i follow some other swiss players and niticed Roger, :worship:
Same here Daniel :hug:

Mrs. B
10-18-2004, 11:04 AM
Thanks for warm welcome, guys!

Mrs.B, do you speak Korean? I didn't expect someone from Europe to say hello in Korean. What a nice surprise!

i can say hello and thank you in Korean, that's all! :lol:

and i like to eat kimchi... :lick:

tschaeggy
10-18-2004, 01:09 PM
welcome soonha, enjoy posting here :)
i'm a rogi-fan since he won wimby as a junior and then of course against sampras! that was so so so amazing!!
and like all of you, i can't stop cheering for our champion, feeling with him with his ups and downs, hope he will continue his wonderfull tennis, staying healthy and happy with his mirka and his family and friends- and of course with all of us dear fans!! :hug: :dance:

ste
10-19-2004, 03:06 PM
Anyway I am now a prisoner of the charm of his tennis and, of course, of himself as a person. I just hope that he will be staying healthy and motivated so that he will show us his 'beautiful' tennis for a long, long time.

hi and welcome soonha!!! :wavey:

"Prisoner of the Champ" :worship: exactly what I am since his win over Sampras in 2001!!

BaselineSmash
10-20-2004, 02:52 AM
I first saw Federer playing against Sampras at Wimbledon as it so happens, but I didn't really appreciate him till 2002 in Indian Wells, where he lost to Enqvist. He was beaten fairly quickly, but I still found myself really enjoying his game, and saw in him the potential which he to a large extent made good on in Miami later that year. He cut through the field, but disappointingly let a lot of chances slip in the final. I was hooked on him all the same for the rest of 2002, and was bowled over by his title win in Hamburg, where he played to a level comparable to this whole season. There were many frustrating losses in 2002, but he finally made good in 2003, after which I cooled off somewhat and amn't a fan anymore so much as just someone who likes to watch him play now and again.

Billabong
10-20-2004, 02:56 AM
Definitely at Wimbly 2001:D!

RonE
10-20-2004, 11:48 AM
Very interesting to hear about everyone's stories on how they became hooked on Roger. :)

lsy
10-20-2004, 12:48 PM
Nice thread Ron.

It's not often you see some of the very lazy Rogi fans *cough* (they know who they are :o ) to write such long posts like here you know ;)

For me it's Wimby 2003 SF. One match is all it needs.

Skyward
10-20-2004, 02:39 PM
February 2001. Roger singlehandedly beat American DC team( Sampras and Agassi did not play). That tie was a preview of things to come. His shots were amazing, and he looked very mature, calm and collected. I couldn't believe that the guy was just 19. When Roger clinched a victory for the Swiss team, he fell on his knees and let his emotions out. I've been a fan ever since.

lsy
10-23-2004, 03:30 PM
It's not often you see some of the very lazy Rogi fans *cough* (they know who they are :o ) to write such long posts like here you know ;)



Lazy Rogi fan not just lazy but nasty too...want to bad rep me for that post :smash: :haha:

balla
11-19-2004, 09:50 PM
Rafter Forever,
Who is the pic in your avatar of? Super Cute!!

intikab
11-19-2004, 10:43 PM
Up until the magical Wim 2003 SF, I was following tennis only casually - just watching late round GS matches - having no real favorite player since Edberg retired. I didn't know much about Roger except for brief mentions by Jon Wertheim as a talented player. In fact, I didn't even know he was the one who ended Sampras's reign at Wimbledon. I had known Roddick from 2002 US Open - I developed an instant dislike for him with all the hype and his clumsy, power game.

So I sat down to watch the 2003 Wim SF to see if the guy playing Roddick could stop him, which I honestly thought was not very likely. As the match unfolded, it was amazing to see the winners flowing from Roger. Even in the close first set, Roger had 24 (!) winners, double Roddick's. Plus, Roger was SV'ing on almost on all first serves, which was so refreshing to see. Then in the last two sets, Roger gave one of the most glorious exhibitions of tennis - the only match I have seen where somebody played such breathtaking tennis was Edberg in 91 USO Final against Courier.

From that day on I got hooked on to Roger and tennis in a big way. I read these forums, tennis ware-house forums, rec.sport.tennis newsgroup, and read every article about him on the web.

I just feel previleged to be witnessing such greatness and rooting for a soon-to-be-a-living legend.

RonE
11-19-2004, 11:15 PM
Up until the magical Wim 2003 SF, I was following tennis only casually - just watching late round GS matches - having no real favorite player since Edberg retired. I didn't know much about Roger except for brief mentions by Jon Wertheim as a talented player. In fact, I didn't even know he was the one who ended Sampras's reign at Wimbledon. I had known Roddick from 2002 US Open - I developed an instant dislike for him with all the hype and his clumsy, power game.

So I sat down to watch the 2003 Wim SF to see if the guy playing Roddick could stop him, which I honestly thought was not very likely. As the match unfolded, it was amazing to see the winners flowing from Roger. Even in the close first set, Roger had 24 (!) winners, double Roddick's. Plus, Roger was SV'ing on almost on all first serves, which was so refreshing to see. Then in the last two sets, Roger gave one of the most glorious exhibitions of tennis - the only match I have seen where somebody played such breathtaking tennis was Edberg in 91 USO Final against Courier.

From that day on I got hooked on to Roger and tennis in a big way. I read these forums, tennis ware-house forums, rec.sport.tennis newsgroup, and read every article about him on the web.

I just feel previleged to be witnessing such greatness and rooting for a soon-to-be-a-living legend.

Hello there :wavey:

Glad you decided to join us- the rest of us also feel very previledged to see Roger doing what he is doing :D

Fedex
11-20-2004, 01:39 AM
Up until the magical Wim 2003 SF, I was following tennis only casually - just watching late round GS matches - having no real favorite player since Edberg retired. I didn't know much about Roger except for brief mentions by Jon Wertheim as a talented player. In fact, I didn't even know he was the one who ended Sampras's reign at Wimbledon. I had known Roddick from 2002 US Open - I developed an instant dislike for him with all the hype and his clumsy, power game.

So I sat down to watch the 2003 Wim SF to see if the guy playing Roddick could stop him, which I honestly thought was not very likely. As the match unfolded, it was amazing to see the winners flowing from Roger. Even in the close first set, Roger had 24 (!) winners, double Roddick's. Plus, Roger was SV'ing on almost on all first serves, which was so refreshing to see. Then in the last two sets, Roger gave one of the most glorious exhibitions of tennis - the only match I have seen where somebody played such breathtaking tennis was Edberg in 91 USO Final against Courier.

From that day on I got hooked on to Roger and tennis in a big way. I read these forums, tennis ware-house forums, rec.sport.tennis newsgroup, and read every article about him on the web.

I just feel previleged to be witnessing such greatness and rooting for a soon-to-be-a-living legend.
Welcome. :) I was a fan long before that semifinal, but I will still never foget that match, as it was one of the finest displays that I've ever seen. Federer had like 63 or somewhere around that, winners, and put on a beautiful display of serve and volley tennis.

Action Jackson
11-20-2004, 05:31 AM
I have to keep this short due to certain circumstances.

I saw Roger play juniors and then in Auckland 2000 I saw him and thought this guy has something and his 1st round opponent day wasn't a bad player either. You will have to guess that.

He has such a natural game, and a very easy going manner as well. So I decided to follow his results and then I saw some of the good results like the DC matches, the Wimbledon win and also some of the poor performances.

Being a grasscourt phobe I have to say thanks to Roger I can actually watch a lot of more Wimbledon than I used to, he is very humble unlike that other former great player who was #1 before him.

Raquel
11-20-2004, 05:14 PM
I really became a Roger fan back in 2000 when I saw him play in the old indoor tournament thay used to have in Battersea in London. I just knew right away that I liked the way he played and I didn't see him again on TV until the US Open that year but always followed his results in between then.

RonE
11-21-2004, 12:05 AM
I expect some new posters who show up in the future to say that they became Rogi's fan by watching that 20-18 TB against Safin!!!! Not only for winning it but for keeping his composure with that terrible call on MP.

Fedex
11-21-2004, 01:08 AM
I have to keep this short due to certain circumstances.

I saw Roger play juniors and then in Auckland 2000 I saw him and thought this guy has something and his 1st round opponent day wasn't a bad player either. You will have to guess that.
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You mean Ferrero, and unfortunatly he lost that match.

lsy
11-21-2004, 01:12 AM
I expect some new posters who show up in the future to say that they became Rogi's fan by watching that 20-18 TB against Safin!!!! Not only for winning it but for keeping his composure with that terrible call on MP.

:lol: actually I also sort of expect many new posters show up and said they became Rogi's fan because of his lovely hair :hearts: :haha:

Action Jackson
11-21-2004, 01:23 AM
You mean Ferrero, and unfortunatly he lost that match.

Yes, but there are certain reasons why my initial post on this subject was so short.

RogiFan88
11-21-2004, 02:52 AM
Have I already posted here? Can't remember but I know I've posted on a similar topic elsewhere.

I first noticed the lovely talented young Swiss boy when he lost to my fave old Barcelona boy, Alex Corretja, in the QF of RG01... he looked so sweet and fresh and was managing so-so v. my Catalan toro! It was a good-natured match [only saw the last few games... too bad] and I thought... hmmm... this guy they've been talking about is quite sth.

I just thought of sth... that's not the first time... it was when Rogi lost to Pat Rafter, my all-time fave Aussie, in Miami, some earlyish round... same year... Rogi didn't play v well but was quite lovely... I took notice for sure.

Action Jackson
11-21-2004, 02:58 AM
Have I already posted here? Can't remember but I know I've posted on a similar topic elsewhere.

I first noticed the lovely talented young Swiss boy when he lost to my fave old Barcelona boy, Alex Corretja, in the QF of RG01... he looked so sweet and fresh and was managing so-so v. my Catalan toro! It was a good-natured match [only saw the last few games... too bad] and I thought... hmmm... this guy they've been talking about is quite sth.

I just thought of sth... that's not the first time... it was when Rogi lost to Pat Rafter, my all-time fave Aussie, in Miami, some earlyish round... same year... Rogi didn't play v well but was quite lovely... I took notice for sure.

Always knew you had great taste. :)

Fedex
11-21-2004, 03:00 AM
Have I already posted here? Can't remember but I know I've posted on a similar topic elsewhere.

I first noticed the lovely talented young Swiss boy when he lost to my fave old Barcelona boy, Alex Corretja, in the QF of RG01... he looked so sweet and fresh and was managing so-so v. my Catalan toro! It was a good-natured match [only saw the last few games... too bad] and I thought... hmmm... this guy they've been talking about is quite sth.

I just thought of sth... that's not the first time... it was when Rogi lost to Pat Rafter, my all-time fave Aussie, in Miami, some earlyish round... same year... Rogi didn't play v well but was quite lovely... I took notice for sure.
You liked Rafter? :)

RogiFan88
11-21-2004, 03:11 AM
Aww, thanks, George!

Rafter, oh yes... a fan of that lovely Aussie guy! He had class and talent and personality! The whole package! And he was NOT a 1-slam wonder as JMac used to accuse him of... dork!

WF4EVER
12-09-2004, 07:34 PM
When he played Agassi in the final of the Nasdaq-100. I saw so much talent there and I really thought he could win if only he'd been more consistent. That was the first time I actually payed attention and I'd expected big things from him since then, but Carter's death derailed him totally and he needed to get to 2004 to show what he really had in him.

Flibbertigibbet
12-12-2004, 01:01 AM
Well, really - compared to some of you, I'm relatively new to tennis. I've been playing tennis in the summers for quite a few years now, but I didn't start following it much till 2003. Before 2003, I believe I had heard the name 'Federer,' from my dad, but I don't think any of us really knew much about him, except that he was a top tennis player. In 2003, I got some interest in him in Wimbledon, seeing a few of his matches, but even then I wasn't a complete fan yet. Then came the Masters Cup 2003. And I was watching the matches at night; I saw Federer's final against Agassi, and I just became a complete fan of him. I know, it sounds kind of weird, to have not that much knowledge of professional tennis, and to suddenly become a fan of somebody, but that's how it is for me most of the time.

Roger then came to the Aussie Open and I was rooting for him all the way, and I saw his final with Safin, which just further confirmed my fanhood, if that's the word. I also later saw his matches in Indian Wells against Henman and Agassi - I was real disappointed to hear that he lost against Guga in the French - and in Wimbledon, I was rooting for him all the way. Now, he's the only player I'm a super-fan towards, and it'll probably stay that way, though I do have an interest and wish good luck to other players, too.

onewoman74
12-12-2004, 01:29 AM
I became aware of Rog when he beat Sampras at Wimbledon. I remember wanting this new kid to beat Sampras so badly(I'm not a fan) and when he did I couldn't believe it. I also remember Sampras' look of disbelief of losing that match contrasted w/ Rog's jubilation. That match will always stay in my memory!

rotin
12-17-2004, 02:12 AM
since 2000, as a hingis fan i follow some other swiss players and niticed Roger, :worship:
the same to me
i know more about him when he come to shanghai and join the mastercup

but i really become a federer fan when he win the wopen last year
and he cried .and i was absorbed in

Eden
09-26-2007, 12:07 AM
*As time goes by* :singer:

Thought to bring back this thread and hear how you fellow Roger fans took notice of him :)

I follow the tennisscene since the early 80ies, but I don't remember exactly when I have heard the first time of Roger. One of the first matches I have probably ever seen of him were at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, but I'm sure I have catched a look at other matches of him before. Since the Wimbledon tournament in 2001 I'm backing him all the way.

As much as I always supported players as Becker, Edberg, Stich, Rafter or Agassi Roger is really special for me. Only Kuerten comes to close. But I was never as nervous or into the matches as now with Roger.

I feel so privileged to be able to witness his career and I hope he will be around for many more years to come :)

ranaldo
09-26-2007, 12:55 AM
I think the first time I really paid attention was back in 2001 against Corretja. I was thinking 'man this guy is good but he's probably too talented for his own sake !'. He lost in 3 though !

World Beater
09-26-2007, 01:38 AM
lol. weird. i never saw this thread even though i joined rather early.


well i saw this guy play ferrero at the usopen in 2000. I thought "nice game, but no power, no weapons". Then i knew of him throughout 2001 because jmac couldnt stop talking about him, and though many of us get annoyed with jmac's current bias against federer, he was one a few who spotted fed's greatness before he stepped on court against sampras.

I saw the sampras - federer match thus heeding jmac's words carefully. Federer was mentally tougher, outclassed him in shotmaking, served almost as big. I was shocked. More than the impressive shots, i couldn't help but notice his beautiful footwork, technique and serene state of mind that he was in. He was like a "ninja" and an "artist" that sliced up the canvas effortlessly.

i was hooked and havent been bored since.

Larsson
09-26-2007, 11:07 AM
It was his semi final against Roddick in 2003 when I really noticed him. I had heard of him but never really seen much of him (couldnt really remember the semi final with sampras as i wasnt really into tennis then) I remember thinking before that match that Roddick would win. I was in awe of the way Roger played :eek: and then the final i was like this guy is something else:cool: However i never dreamed how dominant he would be tbh Im not sure many people did. I only really followed Wimbledon until Roger came along and i started to follow all the tournaments :cool: and when he got his haircut I started to think hey hes kinda sexy too:cool:

SUKTUEN
09-26-2007, 04:56 PM
I just because I watch Roger win 2003 Wimby~!

jhltennisfan
09-26-2007, 10:27 PM
I'm from Korea, and as you may or may not know, the tennis is not the most popular sports in Korea at all. There are a lot of people who actually enjoy playing tennis, but TV coverage of tennis matches are only for a few grand slam finals, if any. I, myself, also used to play tennis every Sunday, and followed tennis results through website. Until 2003, I heard about Federer very few times even after he won the wimbledon. I read the article about his talent in the newspaper, but I've never watched his play until 2004 US Open. I was lucky because I was in Boston for a business trip in September 2004, and finally I could see him play on TV. The match was Andre Agassi vs Roger Federer, (as you know QF match), and until then I was a fan of Andre, so I cheered for him, not Federer. (You may remember that the match was stopped due to rain twice, and Federer won 3:2). I kept following his Semi-Final & Final, and I became a crazy fan of him.... and felt sorry for Andre that I found a better player than he.
Luckily again, I got a job in USA in Nov. 2004, and I could start to watch his matches as much as I want. I felt so bad that I missed most of his past matches, so I tried to buy DVDs, and I almost watched all of his matches by now...(except his few defeats) I think I bought about 100 Federer DVDs.
I'm so happy and feel honored to see his play, and will be his big fan forever.
:D :D

FedFan_2007
09-26-2007, 11:50 PM
I became a Federer fan after he won set 3 vs Baggy in 2006 AO... Before then just on the fence.

Tiklish
09-27-2007, 03:45 AM
I'm not sure when I exactly became a fan. I watched a lot of tennis back in the late 80's, then lost interest for about 12 years, Monica Seles's grunt was part of what chased me away, sadly now almost everyone does it. Then I started paying some attention to tennis again back in 2005 when I discovered that the number one men's tennis player in the world happened to also be very attractive AND had the most fantastic walk I'd ever seen. I still only watched occasionally, mostly Slam finals, and then this year after Wimbledon because of some things going on in real life that caused a desperate need for distraction, I decided to make Federer it during the tournaments leading up to the US Open. I had no idea letting him distract me from my troubles for a little while would lead to my current level of interest, which is very high.:)

Greenday
09-27-2007, 07:48 AM
2004 US Open his QF against Andre......he jus amazed me in tht match....winning against an experienced player like andre in newyork with those terrible conditions and not even a single soul in the stadium supporting him..Since then i have been following him.....and from being a fan, I got promoted to a fanatic now.....I will probably move away from tennis once roger breaks tht sampras record....or at the max till his retirement......he jus takes too much of time

SUKTUEN
09-27-2007, 03:07 PM
Oh,each Roger's fan have different reason become Roger's fan~~

LinkMage
09-30-2007, 07:09 AM
I don't remember when I became aware of him. One of the first matches I remember watching him was the Miami final in 2002 against Agassi and I wanted him to win. He was one of the players I liked but I wasn't a fan of him at that point.

I didn't watch him win Wimbledon in 2003 because I was on vacations and I wasn't still a fan of him. It was in the 2003 TMC when I really became a fan and have watched almost every single match of him since then.

refero*fervens
09-30-2007, 02:08 PM
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 :p 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 ;)

dimahenman
10-05-2007, 01:33 AM
hello! i started liking roger a long time ago and when i met him he was very nice!! signs so many autographs he almost caused a trafic jam in usopen!! very funny but he still signed many autographs for everyone! if you meet him, he will sign for you probably!

SUKTUEN
10-05-2007, 05:13 PM
I hope I can go to Shanghai and take pic with Roger again~

HNCS
10-10-2007, 10:07 AM
well i started to like tennis because of a japanese anime about tennis...then i started to watch tennis. and i fell in love with it.

My first big tournament i followed on TV was Australia OPen 2006 [austrailan free-tv sucks!!) and i immediately recognised Roger's brilliance even if i was a tennis begginner back then.

however, what made me a fan, a die-hard one in fact, was the A0 2006 speech. that just got me. it just took me away!! i feel in love with him, utterly and helplessly.

I remember listening to them announcing the grand slams he had won, and being a tennis begginner i was like, sounds like a big achievement. lol

I've been quick to catch up on all the tennis history though. =)

SUKTUEN
10-10-2007, 05:49 PM
very disappoint that, may be I can't go to Shanghai this year.

ryder66
10-14-2007, 02:39 AM
Even though I watched tennis a lot awhile back, I had basically lost interest-only watching here and there. I probably knew of Federer through Wimbledon, but the first time he really made an impression was Cinncinati 2005. I was cleaning upstairs and the only station I could get on my old TV was showing the Federer-Roddick final. It wasn't a great final and maybe I was rooting against Roddick more than anything else, but something clicked. I also heard him say in an interview how he saw some sports show where they were discussing his racquet throwing techniques and not his playing. He decided that he didn't want to be known for that bad behavior. That sealed it for me. I have never liked bad behavior in any sports and it was really nice to hear a player say that. I've been hooked evcr since.

SUKTUEN
10-14-2007, 08:39 AM
many fans start be Roger's fans after 2003 Wimby~~

MarcelaTauro
10-15-2007, 02:08 PM
The first time that i watched Roger was long time ago. He was 17.yo or 18. He played against Rafter in a clay tournament (French Open may be :confused: ). But i become a federer fan in 2000. He played against the great Marc Rosset
His match against Sampras in Wimbledon 2001 must be also remember as the begining of a federerfan.

SUKTUEN
10-15-2007, 04:13 PM
Argentiantennis welcome broad!

rdiego
10-17-2007, 04:01 PM
The first time that i watched Roger was long time ago. He was 17.yo or 18. He played against Rafter in a clay tournament (French Open may be :confused: ).

Must be Roland Garros 1999

SUKTUEN
10-17-2007, 04:33 PM
Must be Roland Garros 1999

that's very young Roger!!!:eek:

Rogieva
10-21-2007, 10:36 PM
I don't really remember. :scratch:

I think I might have already posted, but I think it was for me around 2005.

I just simply admired everything about his tennis and his off court life, his character, too.

MarcelaTauro
10-22-2007, 01:32 PM
Must be Roland Garros 1999

[/QUOTE=;SUKTUEN] that's very young Roger[/QUOTE]

Yes it was Roland Garros 1999. And yeah Roger was very young ;)
But im not an old girl :p

SUKTUEN
10-22-2007, 04:26 PM
[/QUOTE=;SUKTUEN] that's very young Roger

Yes it was Roland Garros 1999. And yeah Roger was very young ;)
But im not an old girl :p[/QUOTE]

I am a big girl~~:devil:

didadida
10-22-2007, 05:03 PM
Yes it was Roland Garros 1999. And yeah Roger was very young ;)
But im not an old girl :p

I am a big girl~~:devil:[/QUOTE]

you are so sweet SUKTUEN
and yes you are a big girl

good luck ROGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

SUKTUEN
10-22-2007, 05:09 PM
I am a big girl~~:devil:

you are so sweet SUKTUEN
and yes you are a big girl

good luck ROGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII[/QUOTE]

thanks my dear~~~~:smooch: :smooch:

saniapower
10-22-2007, 09:44 PM
His gentleness on and off the court and of course his flawless tennis :wavey:

BlueSwan
10-23-2007, 12:44 PM
I saw him play on TV when he was 17. I thought "this guy is going to be great", but he had a terrible temper back then. I didn't actually become a fan until I saw him win WImbledon in 2004. I was completely in awe of his game, so that was it, basically. Infact I had pretty much gotten off Mens tennis in the 90's where it was all about the serve, but after watching Roger win that 2004 Wimbledon title I got heavily back into it. At that time I was probably still primarily an Agassi fan, but the allegiance changed - I noticed this definitely when I found myself rooting for Federer to win the 2005 US Open final against Agassi - even though it would have been a story book ending for Agassi to win that last slam.

SUKTUEN
11-20-2007, 04:40 AM
I can watch the match in Now TV today!!

theia
01-06-2008, 08:09 AM
hello,, mmm... i think i become fan of him since i watched him on TV sport News in 2005. he won wimbledon.. but, i really noticed him since australia open 2007.. sorry... is it late ??

Eden
01-11-2008, 08:20 PM
hello,, mmm... i think i become fan of him since i watched him on TV sport News in 2005. he won wimbledon.. but, i really noticed him since australia open 2007.. sorry... is it late ??

Better late than never ;)

Hi theia :wavey: Welcome to MTF and the Federer forum :) Hope you'll enjoy your time in here. You can join the Federer Express and introduce yourself there if you would like to :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=22944

ExpectedWinner
01-11-2008, 09:30 PM
I can't wait for Fednut 2007's input here.

Eden
03-26-2008, 06:17 PM
I can't wait for Fednut 2007's input here.

Isn't GM entertaining enough for you these days? ;)

ExpectedWinner
03-26-2008, 07:47 PM
Isn't GM entertaining enough for you these days? ;)

Not really. Reading GM has always been like watching a bad comedy in a movie theater: grasps your attention for the first 10 min, then you start glancing at your watch and the end can't happen soon enough. Ony now it's not 10 min, its' 1min.

anon57
03-26-2008, 08:03 PM
I became a fan a Federer after the 2004 Master's cup semifinal against Safin. It was still held in Houston and it was the middle of the night here but I couldn't sleep and I was trying to find something to watch on tv and came across the match on Eurosport. I think it was early in the first set when I started watching and I kept watching until the match was over, even the crazy 20-18 tiebreak. I hadn't really watched a lot of tennis before that match but I was just hooked afterwards and have been following tennis ever since.

Roland9
03-26-2008, 08:10 PM
I'm not a "die-hard" fan of Federer's, I watch tennis whenever I can (heck, I love watching WTA as well). Anyway, my interest in Roger was a...progressive one. Something like...

"Hmm..."

"Hmm.. This guy is good."

"Wow."

"Uhm..."

"What the hell is THAT?" (backhand flick pass)

"Nope, he is not human."

"..." (AO 2007 - vs. Roddick)

*faints* (Wimbledon 2007)

:)

JediFed
03-26-2008, 08:46 PM
Good question.

I wasn't even aware of Roger Federer until I came here in October of 2006, after he won the USO. That's when I first heard about him, so I've probably missed the best parts!

Oh and I have to confess what did it for me is when I heard we have the same birthday! :D

Oriental_Rain
03-27-2008, 01:32 AM
2003 Wimbledon final. I was new to men tennis (preferred WTA before) I wasnt a fan instantly but I dont like Philipousis so I rooted for him without really knowing how good he was-- and lo and behold, Roger is a masterclass:worship: and a good person as well. I like people with good manners;)

SUKTUEN
03-27-2008, 06:50 AM
2003 Wimbledon final.

me too, I start watch Roger every match as I can after 2003 Wimby final.:D

Rommella
03-27-2008, 10:16 AM
2001 Wimbledon, when he beat Sampras. I found it a pleasant surpise that here was another fellow who could be just as calm and cool, who could give the great Sampras as good as he got.

SUKTUEN
03-27-2008, 03:17 PM
2001 Wimbledon, when he beat Sampras. I found it a pleasant surpise that here was another fellow who could be just as calm and cool, who could give the great Sampras as good as he got.

I watched this match 5 times.:devil:

buzz
03-27-2008, 03:31 PM
I really liked his final against Escude in Rotterdam the city were I was born! He just lost 7-5 in the deciding set. I liked his hair, my mom didn't let me grow it that long :(. I also wanted to run as fast as he did. He played very spectacular the whole tournament.

Became a FAN when he beat Pete. It was like wow this guy is gonne make it, I wanne be like him.

Now I'm grown up, but I'm still a fan :) I don't want to be or play like him anymore but just admirer him and his results very much.

FedererBulgaria
03-28-2008, 08:13 PM
Hello,for me Federer is the greatest,he is God!:worship:

groundstroke
03-29-2008, 12:22 AM
Saw him beat Sampras in 2001.

Ariadne
03-29-2008, 02:01 AM
Began with grudging admiration for him beating Sampras (my favourite player at that time who I had grown up watching), fervour and admiration steadily increased over the next 2 years coupled with dismay at his lackadaiscal performances at times despite an abundance of talent, relished his Wimbly victory in 2003 but it was his TMC 2003 2nd round match against Agassi which finally clinched my heart and made me forever his.

Here's a clip of the last 2 points of that dazzling victory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daZcIQXdg5w

FedererBulgaria
03-29-2008, 03:16 PM
:wavey:

Hello,i`m Alexander from Bulgaria!For me Federer is not a human,he is GOD!:worship:

comeback
03-29-2008, 04:09 PM
Hello!I'm a Chinese.
I started noticing tennis from 2005,just notice,I couldn't even completely understand the rules back then.
When it came to 2006AO,I accidentally watched several matches of Fed's on TV.Then I watched the final and his tears on the awards ceremony.I was moved by him.And I've been keen on him since then.
As I watched more and more matches of his, I liked him more deeply. He is really an artist of tennis.His match is always splendid.And his success also motivated me.
He may be my favourite person except my parents now.And I'll support him forever!

SUKTUEN
03-29-2008, 04:19 PM
FedererBulgaria and comeback welcome broad!!!:wavey:

Sunset of Age
03-30-2008, 02:54 AM
:wavey: to all the new folks over here!

As for me - I saw him beat Sampras in 2001, and I became HOOKED ever since. ;)

marat_roger
03-31-2008, 06:43 AM
:wavey: Im new here and I became a fan of Roger after watching him play a few years ago at the AO :)

SUKTUEN
03-31-2008, 03:15 PM
marat_roger welcome broad!:wavey:

Federerhingis
04-01-2008, 12:34 AM
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. :tape:

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.

Tulipe
04-11-2008, 09:36 PM
I saw him playing the Wimbledon final against Roddick. It was maybe the first tennis match I've ever seen. My mother was watching it and I knew nothing about tennis at this time, so I just asked who's playing. She said it was Roddick and Federer. I asked: "Where's he from, Federer?" She replied: "Switzerland." "And Roddick?" "He's American!" And I said just: "OK, I'll cheer on Federer, then!" After that final I got caught by tennis and Fed became my favourite player.

dino
04-12-2008, 03:12 AM
From where I come from, English soccer has always been the main sport. So when live tennis events became available on cable, I started to follow more. In 2002,I began to notice young Roger in his match with Marat in Hamburg MS final. Back then, Marat was the huge fave (and very cute too!) but Roger was simply awesome that day. I thought to myself "This kid's got potential, let's see how he far he will go". Soon after, I found myself taping his matches and now I am a proud owner of a cabinet full of his winning matches. I am so comforted that he has evolved to be such a great athelete and person.

SUKTUEN
04-12-2008, 03:32 PM
Tulipe dino welcome broad~:wavey:

Tulipe
04-12-2008, 10:48 PM
Thanks, Suktuen!

Eden
04-29-2008, 11:30 PM
Good to read all those stories from you :) Keep them coming.

Welcome to all the new people to MTF and the ones who post seldom here :wavey:

trickcy
04-30-2008, 09:31 AM
I'm afraid I haven't been following either tennis or Roger for a long time.
I wasn't much of a tennis fan. Cricket is huge here and I used to follow that. As for tennis, my parents were huge Sampras fans, but I never watched many matches. I was just browsing the various channels a couple of years ago, when I came across Federer vs Nadal match at Roland Garros 2006. I had heard Federer's name, but never watched him play. So I thought I would see the one match. Unfortunately he lost :o I followed his results in Halle and Wimbledon, but couldn't watch any of them. Then I saw the finals vs Nadal AGAIN :rolleyes: and I was hooked.

So basically it's Federer who made me follow tennis, even though I knew just a little about it before. And I can't thank him enough for that.

Eden
05-22-2008, 09:42 PM
trickcy, you have been really quick then to join MTF after you have discovered Roger ;)

trickcy
05-23-2008, 06:37 AM
trickcy, you have been really quick then to join MTF after you have discovered Roger ;)

Yep :D I just did a google search on Roger Federer and saw the Federer Express, and came over here, and liked it a lot. I also found the General Messages very er...interesting and er.. amusing, so joined. :wavey:

Federerhingis
05-23-2008, 05:29 PM
Yep :D I just did a google search on Roger Federer and saw the Federer Express, and came over here, and liked it a lot. I also found the General Messages very er...interesting and er.. amusing, so joined. :wavey:

:p That's a good description for GM. :devil: :lol:

Knightmace
06-07-2008, 07:28 AM
Ever since 2000.

Pete fan also at the time.

Federer > ALL

Dirk
06-08-2008, 05:19 AM
This is embarrassing. I can't believe I never post here before.

I first saw Roger in the 2001 Wimbledon match with Pete. I loved Rafter because of his style of play and I so wanted him to win. I have big soft spot for late bloomers and players who are great singles and doubles players which is why I like Rafter and Kafelnikov the most in the 90s. I was watching the match and saw Roger and thought he looked really cool. He was playing a smooth effective style and I thought he looked like a Ninja out there apart from the pooka shell necklace which added a childish charm to him that I found endearing. I was so happy once he beat Pete. I yelled out " Yes Rafter can win the title now". We all know how that turned out. :sad:

I never forgot about Federer and when he played Agassi in the USO 4th rd after missing the whole hardcourt summer due to a groin injury; I was hoping for him to win and Rafter to win so they play each other in the qrts. They both lost but Roger played some cool points in his match that he wasn't seriously into including a great BH volley that he just pranced and danced up to. The crowd made huge "WHEW" remark after he won the point. He also wore all green for the one set (3rd) I think which was cool because he looked like a dragon with that color and his playing style.

My one tennis pal from LA in the fall that year sent me DC match of Roger pounding Jan Michael Gambil from earlier in the year and I watched it over and over again. He was so cool to watch. I followed him ever since and always argued with her and her pals that Roger will pass Hewitt because he is the greatest talent and he cares plus he works very hard. They didn't believe me for a long time but they came around. :)

Eden
06-18-2008, 10:55 PM
I first saw Roger in the 2001 Wimbledon match with Pete. I loved Rafter because of his style of play and I so wanted him to win. I have big soft spot for late bloomers and players who are great singles and doubles players which is why I like Rafter and Kafelnikov the most in the 90s. I was watching the match and saw Roger and thought he looked really cool. He was playing a smooth effective style and I thought he looked like a Ninja out there apart from the pooka shell necklace which added a childish charm to him that I found endearing. I was so happy once he beat Pete. I yelled out " Yes Rafter can win the title now". We all know how that turned out. :sad:


Rafter was one my favourite players at that time as well. I feel sorry for him that he never managed to win in Wimbledon.

The final against Ivanisevic was a classic one. I have to confess I was never a fan of Goran, but somehow it suits to him that he got the title in the last days of his career. This final had everything - a great atmosphere, good tennis and fair play. As much as I would have loved to see Patrick holding the trophy one had to congratulate Goran for his achievement and it was touching to see him so happy afterwards.

RogiFan88
06-19-2008, 04:09 AM
I still feel badly for Rafter that he didn't win either Wimbledon or DC... but I love the guy!!! ;) I could never watch that Wimby01 again... that damned rain... it's all Henman's fault! :lol:

Eden
07-14-2008, 07:33 PM
I still feel badly for Rafter that he didn't win either Wimbledon or DC... but I love the guy!!! ;) I could never watch that Wimby01 again... that damned rain... it's all Henman's fault! :lol:

Could you imagine the atmosphere in Wimbledon with Henman in the final? :scared:
Everyone in the stadium would have been for him in a final then ;)

RogiFan88
07-14-2008, 08:55 PM
Could you imagine the atmosphere in Wimbledon with Henman in the final? :scared:
Everyone in the stadium would have been for him in a final then ;)

Yes, but I think Rafter could have won... oh well, it's all water under the bridge, as they say... it's a shame Rafter never won Wimbledon w his great S&V game...

As I posted many pages ago, it's because of Alex Corretja and Patrick Rafter... :cool:

*Elsie*
07-16-2008, 12:27 PM
:wavey:

I can't remember when I saw Roger playing for the first time. I remember a match against Goran Ivanisevic, it was either London 2000 or Milan 2001. I was a huge fan of Goran but for the first time I didn't mind he lost. I suppose I became fan of Roger that day :) He was rather immature back then and he giggled a lot. I love Roger for his play and for the way he is. I've said this before but I could never understand people who don't like him, let alone people who hate him. How on earth can someone who likes tennis not like Federer????

LBrock44
07-18-2008, 12:24 AM
I saw this young kid playing in the Orange Bowl in I think it was 1998. Most of the kids were obviously playing with as much power as they could and very little fluidity. Then here's this blond kid who played with the most grace I've ever seen in the juniors. Person next to me said, "He's the next great superstar," and everybody agreed. Didn't see much of him for three years, then he beat Sampras at Wimbledon. You know the story from there.

Sunset of Age
07-18-2008, 12:29 AM
I saw this young kid playing in the Orange Bowl in I think it was 1998. Most of the kids were obviously playing with as much power as they could and very little fluidity. Then here's this blond kid who played with the most grace I've ever seen in the juniors. Person next to me said, "He's the next great superstar," and everybody agreed. Didn't see much of him for three years, then he beat Sampras at Wimbledon. You know the story from there.

How lovely that you got to see him at that very young age!

juninhOH
09-06-2008, 03:40 PM
I don't remember when I started being Roger fan, and also don't remember the first match I watched of him! :(:(

I do remember, tho, that during 2004 I didn't care about him at all... and I'm quite sure I watched him beating Baghdatis, but not so sure if I saw him beating Agassi at the USO for example. I think the first match I watched of him was either Agassi or Baghdatis, but I'm not sure at all.

And I completely don't remember when I started following him very closely, like every step. I think it was during 2006....

ff_fanatic98
09-12-2008, 10:32 AM
I first noticed Roger in the Australian Open in 2004. I think he stood out in my mind because of his ponytail which made him look funny ... But then I noticed his tennis and I've never looked back. I was actually put off tennis for a couple of years after Sampras and Hingis both retired from the sport. But then Mr Federer here sucked me right back in. And I am proud to say I have never been a bigger tennis fan. :)

Arkulari
10-01-2008, 09:49 PM
My whole family has always been huge fans of tennis, the first time I saw Roger (and it was live) was at Wimbledon 2001, when he defeated Sampras, since then I've been following the guy ;)

I've been a lurker of this forum for over 3 years now, but just this year I decided to register :haha:

trickcy
10-20-2008, 05:16 PM
My whole family has always been huge fans of tennis, the first time I saw Roger (and it was live) was at Wimbledon 2001, when he defeated Sampras, since then I've been following the guy ;)

I've been a lurker of this forum for over 3 years now, but just this year I decided to register :haha:

How nice that you were able to start watching Roger from 01.. And that too live! :) :)

trickcy
11-16-2008, 08:54 AM
Bumping it for those who have just joined us :)

Diprosalic
11-26-2008, 06:20 PM
as a swiss man i heard from roger very early in his career as a pro. i always watched the GS finals but nothing else. in 2006 i started to watch more and more matches from him and i got hooked. since us open 06 i didnt missed a single GS game of him, and watched most of the other matches that where broadcasted.

mandeep
07-17-2009, 09:38 PM
I first saw his match against Pete in 2001 and was really impressed. Did not hear of him for a long time, mainly because I only paid attention to the big tournaments (Wimbeloden and US Open, these get the most coverage in North America). I was in school in the summer of 2003 and did not have classes until later in the afternoon. I ended up watching most of the tournament on tv and caught a quite a few of Roger's match. I saw him beat Roddick in the semi's and the American media treated it sort of as an upset. I think it might of have been due to their bias, but they expected Andy to fair better in his career than Roger. I remember waking up on that Sunday morning to watch the finals and saw roger completely demolish Mark P., it was an incredible display of tennis, something I never expected to see, he hit one brilliant shot after another, it was almost poetic and I have been waking up every Sunday in the beginning of July since to watch Roger play.

Obey.my.dreamz
07-18-2009, 12:38 AM
I never watched tennis before Novak started to come through ..and then whole Serbia started fallowing tennis ( djokovic) and with them I watched semifinal in miami 2007 when Novak won Nadal,.. it was tight.. when I saw how "big" and fast nadal was..i thought..ok novak won him now,but he must be the best there is,..then my friend tells me..."heh..wait till u see this guy federer.. he pwns them all, he has 35+ consecutive matches wins.."And i started imagining ,..omg this dude Federer must be twice the size the nadal is,..his biceps must be like my both legs.. how can he beat this dude nadal when i see how strong Rafa is.. then i forgot about it for a few weeks(months) and suddenly I saw some tennis match on tv, i think it was hamburg mb..idk.. and when I saw this dude play.. first I got amazed by his backhand..i couldnt realize that it was one hander..(Because i was total noob in tennis) but i did see it was somehow different and i could see his hand was flowing after each stroke..and i could see his amaze movement and all..and later on i saw the result and i saw "FED" in the corner thats when i remembered..omg this must be this dude Federer my friend was talking about,.. and right there I saw the best thing in sports ever to exist... from that point i cheered for novak until the uso,..(including uso 07) but from the moment I saw him lift the trophy and in background i could hear "Tina Turner - Simply the best" Something just grabbed me..and from that point I never cheered against the Roger ever again!! it might be late compared to you all..but from that point i downloaded almost all of his important (and some not important )matches from the samprass clash till the shanghai 06...and i enjoyed every single point...

that's my little story about the becoming the fedtard!

MatchFederer
07-26-2009, 08:51 PM
I was forced to at gunpoint.

Swiss Mountain
07-29-2009, 03:55 AM
My father, he hooked me into fed; he told me while Roland Garros was airing:

C'mon, watch the Ferrari against the Hummer"

I don't need to tell you who was the Ferrari.:D

dombrfc
08-16-2010, 01:20 AM
By being like amazed by his amazingness from 2004 onwards i guess

duong
03-21-2011, 08:11 PM
Personally it was quite late, because after watching quite much in the 80s and first part of the 90s, I didn't watch much tennis in the end of the 90s and beginning of the 00s, then I didn't really know about him, I hadn't even watched Wimbledon final against Philippoussis !

Then the revealation was Houston Masters Cup 2003 : I watched and I thought my God I had not seen as an exciting player for long, I really was caught in this tournament which, actually, is also I think the beginning of the best period or Roger's :)

Roamed
03-21-2011, 09:33 PM
In case anybody really likes reading these sorts of stories about how people became fans of Fed (I know I do), there are about ten typed up here: http://federerlive.wordpress.com/tag/fan-stories/ :)

samanosuke
03-21-2011, 11:32 PM
First time when I noticed Roger was at RG 2000 in match against Corretja . More closely meet him in match against Goran in Milano 2001 , Wimbledon victory over Sampras actually I didn't take so big because that Wimby I was completely focused on Goran and couldn't think on anything else . First time when I felt really bad after Roger's defeat was at Masters Cup 2002 against Hewitt and think that was the turning moment in my loyalty to Roger . everything else is history :)

AsianSensation
03-22-2011, 01:30 AM
I first saw his match against Pete in 2001 and was really impressed. Did not hear of him for a long time, mainly because I only paid attention to the big tournaments (Wimbeloden and US Open, these get the most coverage in North America). I was in school in the summer of 2003 and did not have classes until later in the afternoon. I ended up watching most of the tournament on tv and caught a quite a few of Roger's match. I saw him beat Roddick in the semi's and the American media treated it sort of as an upset. I think it might of have been due to their bias, but they expected Andy to fair better in his career than Roger. I remember waking up on that Sunday morning to watch the finals and saw roger completely demolish Mark P., it was an incredible display of tennis, something I never expected to see, he hit one brilliant shot after another, it was almost poetic and I have been waking up every Sunday in the beginning of July since to watch Roger play.

Pretty much this. I was a little upset when he beat Pete, as he was my favorite player at the time, but it took two years later for me to find out the brilliant tennis he was capable of.

Eden
03-25-2011, 07:43 PM
In case anybody really likes reading these sorts of stories about how people became fans of Fed (I know I do), there are about ten typed up here: http://federerlive.wordpress.com/tag/fan-stories/ :)

Thanks for the link Emma :) I always love to read such stories. I don't think many people can name an exact moment when they became a fan of Roger.

Thanks to everyone else also for writing in here :)

Minnie
03-26-2011, 12:43 AM
I really enjoyed reading thru this thread ... and feel quite envious of those who cottoned onto Roger when he was a junior or aged 17/18.

My first "encounter" was like many others here ... watching him beat Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001. I never cared much for Sampras, so it was a pretty negative way to first cheer for Roger. But I liked his style and the fact that in his excitement at winning the match he almost forgot to bow to the Royal Box was very endearing.

To watch the journey that he's made, to see what he's achieved and the man that he has become has been a great privilege.

MissMoJo
03-26-2011, 04:06 AM
Wimbledon 2003. I wasn't really paying much attention to men's tennis back then so I can't say I even remember him beating Sampras a couple years before. I only ended up watching the semifinal because I was curious to see the supposedly next great American, Roddick get past this pretty good Swiss player with a ponytail..... I think we all know what happened there :p and it was awesome. I never knew tennis could be that entertaining.

Marko85
06-30-2011, 08:38 PM
He's legend it was easy to me to become his fan :D but I don't remember when it was :wavey:

Pirata.
07-01-2011, 03:19 AM
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 :inlove:

ufiors
07-04-2011, 12:24 AM
2004 Fed-Nadal Miami... Not bad for my fist match ;)

ThierryH
07-04-2011, 12:53 AM
Halle final 2004

tripwires
07-05-2011, 05:03 PM
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.

Fujee
07-05-2011, 05:48 PM
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!

dabeast
07-06-2011, 10:37 AM
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.

manadrainer
07-07-2011, 01:07 PM
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! :)

Chirag
07-22-2011, 10:10 AM
I vaguely remember watching the 2004 Wimbledon final and wildy cheering for him after he he lost set 1 .Nice journey since :D

mlrf11
03-01-2012, 04:13 PM
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? :lol:)
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 :lol::devil: ... 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 :cheerleader: 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 :cheerleader: 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. :rolleyes:
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 :D

I stop really now. There is so much to write :lol: :hearts: :angel: :stupid:
:bigwave: :bigwave:

Kat_YYZ
03-02-2012, 11:05 PM
what a cute story! :)
here's a little animation of your 'moment'

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o1_250.gifhttp://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o2_250.gif

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o3_250.gifhttp://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o4_250.gif

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

SUKTUEN
03-03-2012, 11:48 AM
what a cute story! :)
here's a little animation of your 'moment'

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o1_250.gifhttp://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o2_250.gif

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o3_250.gifhttp://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o4_250.gif

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

very nice post!!:worship:

Mystique
03-03-2012, 12:42 PM
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 :p 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 :)

mlrf11
03-03-2012, 07:37 PM
what a cute story! :)
here's a little animation of your 'moment'

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o1_250.gifhttp://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o2_250.gif

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o3_250.gifhttp://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrdd5ojo8E1qfzaz9o4_250.gif

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 :ignore::lol::smash:

I don't know if cute or stupid at that age (34) :lol:
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 :inlove: 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.



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 :banghead:

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

The Prince
07-27-2012, 12:08 AM
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.

The Prince
07-27-2012, 12:10 AM
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!

Nice story!

tripwires
07-27-2012, 02:23 AM
Shit, the first two sentences of my old post are so embarrassing. :facepalm:

Who are your favourites, Bulldog?

duong
07-27-2012, 06:49 AM
another nice story on that topic :

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/07/fan-club-roger-federer.html

SUKTUEN
07-27-2012, 12:39 PM
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Oranje8
07-27-2012, 02:32 PM
It's funny, i used to study in Melbourne back in 2003-2004, never really cared about tennis at all at that point of time. Graduated and went back to my country, and weird enough, started getting interested in tennis out of the blue.

The ironic part: it was the Australian Open in 2005, and the match which which caught my eye - Federer vs Safin. What a match that was, although Safin came out the winner, Roger caught my eye and it all began from there.

Now that im far away, i want to go back to Melbourne to watch the Australian Open next year. Ahh, such is the irony of life. :haha::haha:

tripwires
07-27-2012, 03:47 PM
It's only 7 hours away by plane. Go for it. :yeah: I went this year - sooo awesome.

Oranje8
07-27-2012, 05:58 PM
It's only 7 hours away by plane. Go for it. :yeah: I went this year - sooo awesome.

Yeah, and air tickets are cheap nowadays.... Pity Scoots only flies to Sydney and not Melb though. :)

The Prince
07-28-2012, 01:06 AM
Shit, the first two sentences of my old post are so embarrassing. :facepalm:

Who are your favourites, Bulldog?

David Goffin, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe & Ricardas Berankis.

Roger is my favourite from the big four though, easily.

Eden
07-28-2012, 05:56 AM
David Goffin

He's in the heart of many Roger fans now as well :D

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bounccer
07-28-2012, 11:56 AM
Well, i liked Federer since 2000 but i became really a fan after his defeat against Safin in 2005 AO, it was superb, Federer was very tired (and probably a little injured in the fifth) but he almost managed to win with some fantastics drop shots, touch... Since here, i never left him, though it was 50/50 between him and Coria in 2005 FO, since i loved the Coria's clay court game and i knowed it was his last shot to win after the disaster of 2004 and the emergency of Nadal and Federer (on clay).

SUKTUEN
07-28-2012, 03:42 PM
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Panthera
07-28-2012, 06:13 PM
I´ve always liked to watch tennis matches, but never followed the sport seriously. I like Roger since 2004, but became a real fan only this year, when I started to really follow the sport.

Fujee
07-28-2012, 06:52 PM
Wimbledon 07 - Kinda embarassed to say it was that late, but that was when I really started watching tennis properly, I was only 16 at the time. Wimbledon 07 :)

Looner
07-29-2012, 12:24 AM
I think I may have written about this somewhere before but oh well.

I started following the sport really closely in 2003. I had watched some good tennis in 2001 (I remember RF losing to Hewitt in SFs :sad:) and 2002 (the WTF was really good in Shanghai back then with a 5-set final b/w Hewitt and Ferrero), before I became a full-on fan of the sport in 2003. I also remember watching (and enjoying) Pete's game at the beginning of the 00's. Basically, I loved watching all of Roddick, Ferrero, Safin, etc, the more prominent of the New Balls generation early on. Did NOT like Hewitt at all. Hated him actually.

I had heard about this amazing guy Federer who had bucket-load of talent but was not good in the mental aspect. I was away for Wimbledon 2003 and only came back to see the final and I saw him winning then. His style was nice to see and I really enjoyed watching him. I always loved watching Roger play tennis as I knew I was seeing the top of the crop stuff, possibly ever in this beautiful sport which I had not followed all that long.

I continued to follow the guy with his victories in 2004 and I always wanted him to win and achieve the GS, as I knew he stood a very realistic chance of doing something unthinkable, ridiculous, quite epic in terms of tennis achievements.

I remember the standout matches of the early Fed reign was the WTF final in 2003 against Agassi (where Roger missed out on YE #1 by a very slim margin due to his loss to AR in the Cincy 1/2 pretty much and the following semi-fuckup at the USO against FatDave). I also remember that 2004 USO final. OH MY GOD. Possibly one of the few times I've seen the score of a sports fixture and I still chose to watch on tape delay. I knew it was something special to destroy someone who's owned you like that before and to do it in a final! Wow, just, wow. From the following year I gladly gave away my night sleep to watch RF in NY.

It was not until that fated match against Safin in the 2005 AO that I understood how much I wanted this guy with his amazing game to win and set the records in the tennis history books. I was pulling for him so much against Safin who was a clear fave of mine as well that I found it surprising. From then on, I had no doubt. It was RF all the way until he retires.

My support has only grown over time as the game has lost (what I consider) its entertainers in the New Balls guys (most of them or at least they've declined enough to be less noticeable). So, Roger's not only my fave, he continues to play in a style I enjoy so much and to play shots that just dazzle.

For example, that BH slice volley from the baseline today :p.

Oranje8
07-29-2012, 09:11 AM
Looks like the AO2005 semifinal vs safin was significant for some of us. Epic match and easily one of the best matches in the last decade in terms of pure quality

Shirogane
07-29-2012, 11:57 AM
I first saw him against Agassi back in 1998 (it was great to be a fan of Andre, as it helped me discover a lot of players over the course of his career) and have always liked him ever since. I knew well before the Sampras match or his first Wimbledon title that he was special, but this is exactly when I realized that he was going to dominate the game and achieve even greater things...

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Looner
07-29-2012, 12:15 PM
Yup, that match was something else. Never before (and rarely after) have I seen someone score so many winners. I did not sleep more than 5 hours, so I can see that match.

kenneth79
07-29-2012, 12:53 PM
I also saw him first against Agassi at Basel in 1998 and even then you could see how talented he was. My previous favourites had been Becker and then Sampras so I had always been drawn to positive, aggressive tennis.

This led to me having divided loyalties at Wimbledon in 2001 but that match made me realise that Federer was even more talented than Sampras and I was happy for Roger rather than sad for Pete that day.

From then I have been a Fed fanatic and although he did some clowning around between 01 Wimbly and 03 Wimbly :o he was clearly the future of the game. After some of the other New Balls players fell away from the top [I particularly enjoyed Safin, Nalbandian and Haas] I have become more and more singular in my support of Fed.

I see him as a bulwark against against the mindnumbingly boring tennis of Djokodal. Although I enjoy some other players, like Murray and Tsonga, for me Federer keeps the classically beautiful game alive in this power era.

SUKTUEN
07-29-2012, 03:28 PM
I first saw him against Agassi back in 1998 (it was great to be a fan of Andre, as it helped me discover a lot of players over the course of his career) and have always liked him ever since. I knew well before the Sampras match or his first Wimbledon title that he was special, but this is exactly when I realized that he was going to dominate the game and achieve even greater things...

cjBu_jhpjjA

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Fujee
07-29-2012, 04:20 PM
Oh that match point :drool:

alypen
09-01-2012, 11:13 PM
Not sure, really. I guess sometime between the early 2000s, when I was thinking "Huh, what's happened to that young Swiss player who was winning all those junior grand slams? Hasn't made it big yet, has he?" and, well, now, it sort of crept up on me, just like with Edberg, how much I enjoyed watching his game. Realistically, I'd guess sometime pre-2007, when I had the choice of returned tickets for Centre and No. 1 Court at Wimbledon and decided to plump for Nadal (there *is* actually a logic to that statement, believe it or not :) )

Given that I only have terrestrial TV, and that we therefore really only get decent coverage of Wimbledon, Queens and the final stages of the other Slams (apart from the USO, where we get nothing at all, even when a Brit wins it), I've probably not had the chance to watch his career develop that much.

Eden
08-20-2013, 09:13 PM
Maybe some of you would also like to share the story how they become a fan of Roger :)

Elly
08-21-2013, 05:55 AM
2000 Sydney Olympics, 2 unseeded players into SF Federer vs Haas. I only saw clips of the match and it was the first time I saw Roger play. He was a 19-year old kid with longish hair and I liked him already. I started to follow his news on tour and when I watched him beat Sampras at Wimby 2001, I become a fan of Roger since. :)

Litotes
08-21-2013, 10:20 AM
I have always been "scouting" a bit for new talent, trying to catch matches of promising youngsters to see it they're worth following. I remember catching Hewitt at 16. First time I saw Roger, he was 17. I remember comparing to Hewitt and it was too bad he'd got a later start to his career :lol: Imagine that being today? A 17-year old? Anyway, unlike the Aussie who never caught my imagination the same way, I immediately became impressed with his play, the shots he'd pull off that nobody else attempted, and he soon became one of my favourites. I liked the way he handled the media too. Wasn't too happy with the temper tantrums but you can forgive that in a teenager, and we saw less of that as time went on. He ended up growing on me each time I saw him. I remember the early struggles, with the accusations that he wasn't doing enough with his talent, and that he'd never amount to much with his poor finals record...plus the surprising early slam losses...I stuck with him, though, and I am glad to say we did see some success eventually ;)

Tony2003
08-21-2013, 08:36 PM
I hope you can read and you'll understand it. Sorry for my English Grammar! I can better understand than writing or speaking.

Ok, here are some Milestones of which I remember became a ROGER FEDERER Fan

But before some quick Facts.
When I was a kid I played in a Football Club until I was 18. Football was all over the place. In my Family, well in whole Germany, Football is the Sport Number One. When I was little, of course I knew about Graf, Becker, Stich, Huber, the German Heroes, but also the International Elite Players like Seles and Sampras and so on.
After the German Media had less interest in Tennis, so did I. Before Wimbledon 2003 I only saw the last Games of Ivanisevic Victory (I was rooting for him).
I have to say that I'm a Sport enthusiast, I was watching every year the Tour the France and sometimes it got caught in between the All England Championships. Back in the Year 2003, ZDF (German TV Channel) held the Rights of both, Wimbledon and the Tour the France (they even tried to bring the Ladies Final this Year on free TV from the pay TV Channel SKY, but SKY offered a Price ZDF wasn't willing to pay. So now a German is in the Final they care about Tennis? Well, screw you ZDF!)

So were was I? Oh Yeah, the Year 2003. It was a German who kept me watching Tennis again: Alexander Popp. I saw some of his Matches and I remember he should have won against Philippoussis, but there was a Rain Delay and the Match slipped him away. So anyway, after he was out, I only saw a glimpse of the End of the Tournament: My first Milestone how I became a Federer Fan. It was the Semifinal against RODDICK. I didn't even saw the full Match but after one incredible Point from ROGER with a suberb Angle, the Commentator said something like "Incredible Point from FEDERER. He can hit those balls. It was not luck. He surely wanted to hit THAT ball. He is so talented". After that the Name FEDERER was in my Head.

A Year went by. I didn't heard of Tennis since Wimbledon 2003.
In the Year 2005 in January the Australian Open came along. At that time I didn't even know the System the Ranking was build and the other three Slams. I knew Wimbledon, because of the Prestige. But in the Beginning of 2005 I got more information and read the Headline of Eurosport Videotext: 'Safin beats Federer in epic Semifinal'. I knew FEDERER was the top Guy, the Man to beat. I remember in school, I knew besides FEDERER there was RODDICK who was a Top Player of Mens Tennis, when we should play Badminton and me and my Partner played and counted Tennis style and I said to him "so your Andy Roddick and I'm Roger Federer".

After that I got even more Informations about Tennis. In the same Year, Pro Evolution Soccer 5 was new and I played it on my PC while watching the Roland Garros Final between RAFA and PUERTA. Boy, that Final had some great Rallies.
I read that this NADAL kicked out ROGER in the Semis, so I was thinking this NADAL must be really good. I wrote that I knew Tennis in that Year better. Well, I catched the Halle Tournament 2005 (which I have been visited from 2010-2013, YEAH :)) and watched the Final against SAFIN. It was my Milestone Number two.
I think you can call me a Fan at that time already, but maybe not like it is now.

After Halle 2005 Time went by and all of the sudden it's January 2006, Time for another Australian Open.
Here's some explanation, why the hell I forgot the other Tournaments, especially Wimbledon and the US Open?: First of all I didn't had enough Internet Speed to follow the whole Season. On the other Side, when your in School it's crucial to follow the Slams in Melbourne and New York when you live in Germany.

So, the Australian Open 2006 were played. I remembered it's been a Slam and every Day I was watching at Eurosport Videotext the Results. I wanted to watch the Final live but I overslept and just saw the last couple of Games and for the first time ROGER won a slam. It was a special Moment for me. It was my Milestone Number three.

Because of the Year 2005 I knew Roland Garros will be played in May and to that Time I was beeing fascinated by ROGER, his Gamestyle (of course his beautifull Backhand) and he can speak German, so there's the like 'he is one of us' kind of feeling. So now it's Time for Roland Garros 2006. It was my first Slam, which I watched from the Beginning until the End. I knew it was the only Tournament from the big 4 Slams, ROGER did not won yet. I was absolutely thrilled at the Final and he played an amazing first Set! 6:1! But 'we' know all how long the journey took us til 'we' finally got that beautiful Trophy! Roland Garros was my 4th Milestone how I became a ROGER FEDERER Fan.

After that, I was watching the Wimbledon Final against RAFA. With a little Break from Tennis, Reasons being mentioned above (US Open 2006, AO 2007, I had to get up really early in the Morning: 05:30, Zivildienst) I followed Tennis closely since RG 2007. And of course I thank all the Livestreams, which makes me follow all the other important Tournaments in the Season since Montreal in 2009 (Tsonga Match).
So because of that, I have a special Relationship to Roland Garros. It was my first Slam ever, which I watched from the very Beginning until the End.

That makes (RG 2007-US OPEN 2013) 27 Slams in a Row watching live and 7 Years of closely Following this AWESOME Sport called TENNIS, my new Number One Sport.
From his 17 Slams, I saw 9 Victories from ROGER live on TV (and counting...):D

My Milestones:

2003 Wimbledon Semifinal against ANDY RODDICK
2005 Halle Final against MARAT SAFIN
2006 Australian Open Final against MARCOS BAGHDATIS
2006 Roland Garros Final against RAFA NADAL

SUKTUEN
08-22-2013, 04:42 AM
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