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Which player/match got you interested in ATP tennis?

tennishero
07-17-2009, 01:51 AM
Nalbandian winning the TMC in 2005.

Albop
07-17-2009, 01:52 AM
Gonzalez beating Roddick in Cincy 02

Dini
07-17-2009, 01:53 AM
Henman beating Fed Wimbly 2001. :lol:

MacTheKnife
07-17-2009, 01:59 AM
Laver, but no particular match. Just his style and determination.

habibko
07-17-2009, 02:03 AM
Federer beating Nadal Miami 2005.

Arkulari
07-17-2009, 02:03 AM
Stefan Edberg in the early 90's, when I was a kid

Ilovetheblues_86
07-17-2009, 02:10 AM
Michael Stich in the early 90´s :rocker:

leng jai
07-17-2009, 02:19 AM
Can't remember.

dam0dred
07-17-2009, 02:21 AM
Kuerten and Rafter.

Arkulari
07-17-2009, 02:22 AM
oh, I was a big Rafter fangirl on my early teens :lol:

jmf07
07-17-2009, 02:26 AM
Rafter

Johnny Groove
07-17-2009, 02:27 AM
Goran Ivanisevic.

Acer
07-17-2009, 02:35 AM
Hewitt

RafaTheBest
07-17-2009, 02:53 AM
Nadal over Federer in the 05 FO Semifinal. I was a casual fan of Agassi and Sampras at the end of their careers but I didn't really become a hardcore fan until I started following Nadal.

leng jai
07-17-2009, 02:57 AM
Nadal over Federer in the 05 FO Semifinal. I was a casual fan of Agassi and Sampras at the end of their careers but I didn't really become a hardcore fan until I started following Nadal.

Honestly I would never have guessed. Nadull tards are so cryptic.

~*BGT*~
07-17-2009, 04:44 AM
The first match I ever saw was the Roddick/Pim Pim 2004 USO quarterfinal. I didn't start following the sport as closely as I do now until Wimbledon 2005.

Ferrero Forever
07-17-2009, 05:11 AM
Federer made me like mens tennis. Before I could only watch WTA because the mens matches were too long. I can't believe I just said that, but yes. It took me until Ferrero though to really get me into following it more closely, but the credit has to go to Roger here.

Bargearse
07-17-2009, 05:44 AM
My mom was a tennis fan & we watched Borg vs McEnroe Wimbledon 1980 together. I was quite young, but remember the match being really intense. It inspired me to play tennis but I really didn't start following the ATP until Agassi/Sampras came along.

vamosinator
07-17-2009, 05:50 AM
The GOAT rod laver for sure.

BigJohn
07-17-2009, 06:04 AM
The GOAT rod laver for sure.

Based on your username, your signature and the date your joined, I'm pretty sure that is a huge lie.

daz_petite
07-17-2009, 06:07 AM
probably heard of federer first but gasquet made me really follow tennis during his better early years (05,06 seasons)

vamosinator
07-17-2009, 06:11 AM
Based on your username, your signature and the date your joined, I'm pretty sure that is a huge lie.

Pretty sure ain't good enough then.

AndiMD
07-17-2009, 06:12 AM
Wimby 1991, when Stich beat first No.1 and defending Champion Edberg and than No.2 and everybody's darling (in Germany and quite okay) Becker to win his first and only GS! He played so graceful there. So Stich got my german No.1...

bishi
07-17-2009, 06:18 AM
Lendl probably was the earliest memory I have although there are also a few of McEnroe and Stich. My mom was into tennis in a big way and I was always playing when I was a kid and watching it with her. Been hooked ever since.

Audacity
07-17-2009, 06:23 AM
Patrick Rafter.

orangehat
07-17-2009, 06:31 AM
Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeshard! :rocker2:

Peta Pan
07-17-2009, 07:00 AM
I was SURE it was a match between Todd Woodbridge and Stefan Edberg during the Australian summer (pre-AO) 1993. I've just looked up their h2h and they only played twice in 1989 and 1990... and they haven't met in Hopman Cup either so my mind is obviously playing tricks with me.

Anyway, my dad hated tennis and we were never allowed to watch it. When I first got to have a TV in my bedroom was when I happened to see a tennis match on (with Edberg playing) and watched it and I've been hooked ever since - although until I got internet much later on, I didn't really know about anything other than the GS events (and Australian tournaments) because they were the only one covered on TV.

Stefan Edberg was my first love, but since I only caught the end of his career, I tend to give the credit for keeping my interest to Bjorkman and Kafelnikov who took over as favourites after Edberg retired.

chowdahead25
07-17-2009, 07:03 AM
I followed tennis, watched the majors, and had some rooting interests, but the Federer Tipsarevic match at 08 AO got me hooked. Really intense match, great atmosphere, and ofcourse, Janko actually playing well.

HeretiC
07-17-2009, 07:11 AM
Borg, after him Lendl.

duong
07-17-2009, 07:24 AM
Noah in the beginning of the 80s, then I stayed interested until around 1996 then lack of interest then Federer Masters Cup 2003 re-interested me in tennis.

PoliFanAthic
07-17-2009, 07:27 AM
Safin, after the AO win of 2005 against Federer.

Goldenoldie
07-17-2009, 07:57 AM
Jaroslav Drobny def Ken Rosewall Wimbledon final 1954

bjurra
07-17-2009, 08:06 AM
The first match I watched from the beginning to the end was the RG final in 86 between Lendl and Wilander. I was in Vienna and my parents asked me if I wanted to come along to some boring business lunch but then hinted that Wilander - Lendl was on TV. I opted to stay in the hotel, watching tennis and ordering room service. Sound choice by a 9 year old.

duong
07-17-2009, 08:08 AM
Jaroslav Drobny def Ken Rosewall Wimbledon final 1954

:yeah: wow that's impressive :worship:

Were you in Wimbledon for that match or did you already have a TV in your family ?

HKz
07-17-2009, 08:31 AM
Hmm. Well I first picked up a racket when I was 6 but I never watched my first tennis match till I was 10 when I saw the entire Wimbledon 2000 after my parents mentioned a guy named John McEnroe which I looked up and found that he was a former pro and current tennis commentator especially for Wimbledon. After watching the entire tournament, I knew instantly it was the greatest sport on earth. After that, I started to watch just certain players such as Federer, Safin, Hewitt and Guga. But Roger has had the biggest influence on me when I played on the juniors circuit, not game wise, but just heart and attitude I suppose.

Mimi
07-17-2009, 09:04 AM
1995 wimby final between Sampras and Becker:cool:

Mimi
07-17-2009, 09:08 AM
Based on your username, your signature and the date your joined, I'm pretty sure that is a huge lie.

I think the same as you :ignore:

Sapeod
07-17-2009, 09:09 AM
I think it was Hewitt who I first saw in Wimbledon 2002. I even tried to copy his style of play, but now I've got my own.

*bunny*
07-17-2009, 09:25 AM
Goran's run to Wimbledon final 1994. :)
OK, the final was lopsided, but his run to the final really got me interested in tennis, especially on grass and fast surfaces.

And then,
JCF beating Goran at Masters Cup 2001 in Sydney.:)
That was the first time I didn't feel too disappointed after someone beat Goran and I knew I found someone who I could follow after him.
And by following JCF, I also got interested in tennis on all surfaces, especially clay.

fast_clay
07-17-2009, 09:30 AM
JCF beating Goran at Masters Cup 2001 in Sydney.:)
That was the first time I didn't feel too disappointed after someone beat Goran and I knew I found someone who I could follow after him.


i was at that match... 6 n 6 i think... goran just kept saving bps with mammoth second serves all day...

hewitt later that day went on to beat rafter 2 n 5 and clinch the #1 spot for the year 2001...

*bunny*
07-17-2009, 09:35 AM
i was at that match... 6 n 6 i think... goran just kept saving bps with mammoth second serves all day...

hewitt later that day went on to beat rafter 2 n 5 and clinch the #1 spot for the year 2001...
Lucky you!!!
That match is still one of my all-time favourites. Two players with completely different playing styles and personalities going toe to toe while also enjoying themselves.
You can see my avatar is from that match. ;)

Bargearse
07-17-2009, 09:44 AM
i was at that match... 6 n 6 i think... goran just kept saving bps with mammoth second serves all day...

hewitt later that day went on to beat rafter 2 n 5 and clinch the #1 spot for the year 2001...

Guess a few people were there...

I was there for the Hewitt/Grosjean match on the first day for a corporate function with clients and had to be on my best behavior. This was very difficult as I was the only person in the group who was anti-Hewitt (at the time) and of course, he beat Grosjean which I was not at all happy about. Really had to bite my tongue that day.

HattonWBA
07-17-2009, 09:50 AM
Federer for sure

StevoTG
07-17-2009, 10:09 AM
Lleyton Hewitt, Wimbledon 2004. I didn't really start following the sport properly until the grass season of 2005, then followed it up by watching the US Open.

My sister was the one who originally had the tennis on TV, following Roddick, but for me watching Hewitt was incredible. It was his fire that made me fall in love with the game.

tufani
07-17-2009, 10:32 AM
Agassi def Wilander in Davis Cup '95 semis.

cobalt60
07-17-2009, 11:02 AM
No match; just a very young Vilas on clay. Although I had been watching Laver and Rosewall already for a few years.

Sheepy
07-17-2009, 11:14 AM
Agassi - Philippoussis Wimbledon QF in 2000; not a classic match by any stretch of the imagination but it was the first one I'd ever sat down and watched properly. After that I drifted in and out and started following properly in around 2003/2004.

Winston's Human
07-17-2009, 11:34 AM
Chang beating Lendl in the 1989 French Open 4th round, and then going on to win the Championship.

mr_burns
07-17-2009, 11:44 AM
stich in 92

i highly doubt that people in this forum are that young that your options could fit

Mint Chip
07-17-2009, 11:58 AM
Federer 06 since I was mostly watching WTA most of time for some reason. His shots and his movement was classy in every way. Used to like Nadal but I got smart

pica_pica
07-17-2009, 12:15 PM
Federer, during the 2008 Wimbledon

Goldenoldie
07-17-2009, 04:52 PM
Originally Posted by Goldenoldie
Jaroslav Drobny def Ken Rosewall Wimbledon final 1954

:yeah: wow that's impressive :worship:

Were you in Wimbledon for that match or did you already have a TV in your family ?

Not that impressive really, I didn't go to Wimbledon and didn't have a TV till a year or two later. I listened on the wireless.

Certinfy
07-17-2009, 04:57 PM
I don't really know as i can't remember the 1st match i watched.

Tho Murray vs Gasquet at Wimbledon last year put me from a big tennis fan to a huge tennis fan.

samanosuke
07-17-2009, 05:02 PM
Goran's Wimbledon run to final 1998

duong
07-17-2009, 05:24 PM
Not that impressive really, I didn't go to Wimbledon and didn't have a TV till a year or two later. I listened on the wireless.

Thank you, not as impressive but still impressive :)

I had thought about that but had difficulty to think that listening a match on radio could make you a fan, but I guess I don't realize how important radio was in that time, what importance it had in a life, among leisure :D

I'm still very impressed ;)

natashha
07-17-2009, 10:17 PM
I am a tennis addict officially since Roger - Rafa Dubai final.
I voted Federer but it's really their rivalry that caught my interest.

BigJohn
07-17-2009, 10:35 PM
I saw the end of the McEnroe-Connors era, but for me it was Becker's first Wimbledon.

JediFed
07-17-2009, 11:55 PM
Sampras/Agassi AO 2000.

Strange for me thinking back that I missed Sampras/Federer in Wimbledon 2001.

fast_clay
07-18-2009, 12:50 AM
wilander got me hooked... though... by the time i was into it his fall began...

Burrow
07-18-2009, 12:56 AM
Safin.

guga2120
07-18-2009, 01:21 AM
Guga winning the French in 1997, Andre winning it in 1999.

LinkMage
07-18-2009, 02:03 AM
Rafter around 1999/2000

I miss his awesome S&V game

safinafan
07-18-2009, 02:05 AM
Mr. Sampras :inlove:
when I saw him playing in 1992 at Wimby was love at first sight!!!!

Kournikovaism
07-18-2009, 02:10 AM
Gasquet/ Korolev

Only based on looks :p I am shallow like that. I have been a WTA fan for years.

rawalya
07-18-2009, 03:50 PM
it was Roddick who first got my eyes

and he was a beautiful boy :p

sheva07
07-18-2009, 03:55 PM
Richard Krajicek and Goran Ivanisevic mid 90's.

Jelena
07-18-2009, 04:07 PM
seeing the poll options I know that the thread OP started watching tennis only in the 2000s.

For me it was during Becker's run for his first Wimbledon trophy, so 1985. But I turned very fast after that a Stefan Edberg fan. And later I was more a Michael Stich than a Boris fan. So Boris only was the door opener for me.
Safin, after the AO win of 2005 against Federer.
That match was FANTASTIC. I skipped uni to watch it til the end. :tape:

clandis
07-18-2009, 04:10 PM
Nastase. I loved watching him freak out and flipping everyone off.:worship:

Navratil
07-18-2009, 04:37 PM
Kimiko Date and Meike Babel. I watched their match in Wimbledon in 1995 and thought I will only watch men's tennis from then on...:-D

anon57
07-18-2009, 06:29 PM
My parents are both tennis fans so there would tennis on the tv during the GS since I was fairly young but I didn't really start following other tournaments as well until the early 2005 season because of the 2004 TMC match between Safin and Federer. I remember being awake in the middle of the night and watching the match from my bed wrapped up in my blanket and being so damn nervous I could hardly watch during the second set TB:o

chenx15
07-19-2009, 12:47 AM
Federer Vs. Mark P. Wimbledon 2003

Ububub
07-19-2009, 12:54 AM
My first tennis idol was Bjorn Borg (SW19/USO 1978 both vs. Connors.) He just went out on the court and did his thing without the histrionics like Connors and then McEnroe. When he suddenly retired, it was just a natural progression to Lendl, because he was stoic like Borg and I still hated McEnroe. Then came Sampras, the lanky teenager with the killer serve. And then along came Fed. I guess my first idol determined who I'd be rooting for the rest of my life.

I guess I have to start looking for the most Borg-like up-and-comer for the post-Fed era.

keroni
07-19-2009, 01:15 AM
William Renshaw

ChinoRios4Ever
07-19-2009, 02:33 AM
Late 80, early 90. With Jim Courier and Pete Sampras when the chilean tv showed the GS finals, but i started to follow tennis very close when Marcelo Rios became a star in the mid 90s.

vamosinator
07-19-2009, 03:17 AM
Rafter around 1999/2000

I miss his awesome S&V game

Did you see his US Open titles in 97 and 98, they were unreal, serve-volley at a GOAT level. In fact speaking of GOAT, Rafter beat Sampras in the 98 US Open. One of the rare occasions that it seemed Sampras was out-played despite being in form.

ballbasher101
07-19-2009, 10:29 AM
Federer about 7 years ago. At school I played a bit of tennis but I was so bad that I got kicked out. After that I lost interest in tennis that is until I saw Federer playing.

Kristen
07-19-2009, 10:55 AM
Jonas Björkman, around 1999.

....then when I was nearly 'over it', Oliver Marach helped me maintain my enthusiasm for the sport. Korolev will be there to pick up the pieces once he goes :lol::drool:

PinkFeatherBoa
07-19-2009, 05:17 PM
Goran, while watching the 92 Wimbledon Final vs Agassi. The 1st match I vividly remember and I cried at the end (was very young though).
Was one of my favourite ever tennis moments when he finally won in 2001, even though I loved Rafter too and he also cost my all time favourite Henman his best title chance.

The Freak
07-19-2009, 05:25 PM
Blake vs. Nadal at the US Open in 2005 is when I started to follow the ATP tour closely.

samanosuke
07-19-2009, 06:05 PM
It's nice to see that many people start to watch tennis because of Goran

DarkMarc
07-19-2009, 06:14 PM
hewitt vs ferrero TMC 2002

and schuettlers dream run to the australian open final 2003

sriram_1611
07-19-2009, 06:28 PM
Agassi

Noleta
07-19-2009, 07:20 PM
Djokovic.

RafaTheBest
07-19-2009, 10:30 PM
Nadal over Federer in the 05 FO Semifinal. I was a casual fan of Agassi and Sampras at the end of their careers but I didn't really become a hardcore fan until I started following Nadal.

Honestly I would never have guessed. Nadull tards are so cryptic.

Why should I be ashamed of what go me hooked onto pro tennis? I was 15 years old at the time and everyone has to start somewhere. That was the first match of his I watched and I really enjoyed his attitude and style of play. Why is it such a problem to some people who others are fans of any why they became fans?

I think if MTF posters spent half the time worrying about whom they root for instead of blasting others for whom they root for, this board would be a much better place.

mark73
07-19-2009, 10:44 PM
1984 french open where lendl comes back to kick mcenroes ass, and beckers win at 85 wimby, youngest ever.

asmazif
07-19-2009, 10:49 PM
Bjorkman in ... erm, 1996/1997?

MurrayFan1
07-19-2009, 11:14 PM
Henman at Wimbledon around the late 90's. I swear every year he was in some forum of absolute epic.

MIMIC
07-19-2009, 11:21 PM
Djokovic - Montreal 2007. I didn't even see the match; I HEARD about it :lol:

luie
07-19-2009, 11:24 PM
Boris becker winning his first wimbledon @ 17 years.

krystlel
07-19-2009, 11:34 PM
I think it was more WTA then I just watched ATP as well since it was on TV as well. Therefore I can't remember the exact moment. But I think some of Rafter's matches against Agassi at Wimbledon were a standout, and so were Kuerten's French Open triumphs.

krakenzero
07-20-2009, 05:57 AM
Chang def. Rios 7/5 6/2 4/6 4/6 6/3, 1997, US Open, Quarterfinals.

I liked tennis back then, but I became a tennis fan just after that match.

LEGENDOFTENNIS
07-20-2009, 11:16 AM
First proper tennis game that i watched abit not all was Federer vs Nadal wimbledon 2007, since Wimbledon is a big deal in England but then after that Tsonga vs Nadal man, how Tsonga made Nadal look so average. I've been following Tennis PROPERLY since Wimbledon 2008 though...

Federer

kooties
07-20-2009, 11:51 AM
Edberg, first player I knew. I'm not old enough to have watched him live in his era, but I watched a lot of tapes with him in it.

bokehlicious
07-20-2009, 11:54 AM
Becker for his first Wimbledon, though I didn't like the guy I fell in love with the sport.

predatore2005
07-22-2009, 11:25 AM
Laver, but no particular match. Just his style and determination.

Rod Laver was incredible! The US Open 1969 against Tony Roche can be found here: http://www.tennisdvdvideo.com/rod-laver-vs-tony-roche-us-open-1969-final-20 (http://www.tennisdvdvideo.com/rod-laver-vs-tony-roche-us-open-1969-final-20)

predatore2005
07-22-2009, 11:27 AM
Becker for his first Wimbledon, though I didn't like the guy I fell in love with the sport.

Yeah! i`ve saw the Wimbledon 1985 final boris becker kevin curren here: http://www.tennisdvdvideo.com/wimbledon-tennis-1985-final-boris-becker-vs-kevin-curren-7
Just amazing!!! :)

predatore2005
07-22-2009, 11:29 AM
Edberg, first player I knew. I'm not old enough to have watched him live in his era, but I watched a lot of tapes with him in it.

Stefan Edberg was an AMAZING player! check http://www.tennisdvdvideo.com/wimbledon-1988-f-boris-becker-vs-stefan-edberg-6

Similar to Roger for me! :D

ad-out
07-22-2009, 04:23 PM
Actually the William's sisters got me interested in watching tennis in the late 90's but then I saw Safin in the 2000 USO and got hooked on the ATP. (and him.. ;))