I only became a big Pavel fan in January, which is sad coz I missed following him for most of his career. In January, at the Aust Open I went up to him while he was waiting to practice and asked if I could take a photo of him and he said "No". I got rather freaked out and starting backing away before I realised he was smiling. He kept smiling and said "take a photo"
Then I got an autograph as well and really, it was one of my funniest and best AO moments ever!!
Trifu, I only really knew this year... after I became an Andrei fan. But after seeing photos I realise I've seen him around before.