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View Poll Results: Main reason for being Federer's fan?

Personality (his stylish on/off court behaviour) 43 33.33%
Game style 66 51.16%
Ranking, titles & success 0 0%
Looks, body and hotness 2 1.55%
Because he has great fans 0 0%
Nationality 3 2.33%
Watching him play is guaranteed quality 12 9.30%
Other(please specify) 3 2.33%
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:56 AM   #16
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if this poll was a multiple choice , i would go for all those reasons
but i voted for the personality.... he's such a classy person ... nobody can compete with him on the personality quality
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Game style was the first reason and over time his personality just added to the reasons I like him.

I saw Roger play, for the first time, a couple years ago, when I was in college, and then, he was not very known. Frankly, my roommate and I went to his match because there were empty seats there vs the match we wanted to see. I liked his game style immediately. He hit some great angles but also made a lot of unforced errors I thought him to be such a graceful player and ever since then, I have been following his career. Also, during that match, I told my roommate that he would be no. 1 one day. My roommate disagreed with me and she called Roger too flakey a player to ever dominate..............well, I never fail to remind her of her words

I've seen Roger play several times since then and it is simply beautiful to watch him play.
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Quality for me, but I'm not sure it's quality in the sense meant above (high winners/unforced errors ratio etc.).

For me quality means you've learnt alot and trained hard and have become masterful in both the gist and the nuances of your profession.

For example, Nirvana is one of the most successful bands of all time, but I've never been able to listen to them, because it's so clear none of them has ever bothered to learn music properly, they saught the easy way - not to take the long path and study classical music and improve on their technique and then build on that and add their own dimension - instead they found a winning formula and it worked for them!
To me this means showing disrespect to your profession and to the people who contributed to its development, and that to me is low quality.

On the other hand you've got Sting, for instance.
Sting is neither Mozart, nor is he one of my favs, but when you listen to Sting you can feel he's an educated intelligent musician, who's familiar with classical music as well as Jazz, and chooses only elite musicians to accompany him.
His music is genuine, but you feel the influences of other (high caliber) musicians in his music.
This is high quality.

Get the analogy?
To me Nadal, a grunting baseliner with awkward shots, is Nirvana - a guy who doesn't care about aesthetics, perfection, and spits in the faces of former tennis legends like Laver and Edberg, who graced the court with both their tennis and demanors.

Federer, well, he's not Sting - much closer to Mozart.
He's a classical pianist, who practised the works of former geniuses in history to perfection, and now is in the phase of composing his own pieces of brilliance, his own symphonies.
And like other geniuses, he's modest, jumping, grunting and making a big deal out of himself is not his way of conducting himself in front of people.

To me, Federer losing to Nadal is like Mozart and Nirvana playing simultaneously on different stages, and the people opting to watch Nirvana, because simplicity sells better than quality.

I once asked a mathematician what drove him, if it was the pursuit of truth, and he told me he didn't care about truth - he saught beauty.
This is me.

Perhaps that gives you some insight about my beaviour of late.

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Great post Rogiman
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For me the way he carries himself both on and off court was what drew me to him initially. He has such grace and I love the fact that he never stares down at his opponents.
His style of play is a very close second, his shot making ability and the ease at which he makes everything seem is just breathtaking.
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Quality for me, but I'm not sure it's quality in the sense meant above (high winners/unforced errors ratio etc.).

For me quality means you've learnt alot and trained hard and have become masterful in both the gist and the nuances of your profession.

For example, Nirvana is one of the most successful bands of all time, but I've never been able to listen to them, because it's so clear none of them has ever bothered to learn music properly, they saught the easy way - not to take the long path and study classical music and improve on their technique and then build on that and add their own dimension - instead they found a winning formula and it worked for them!
To me this means showing disrespect to your profession and to the people who contributed to its development, and that to me is low quality.

On the other hand you've got Sting, for instance.
Sting is neither Mozart, nor is he one of my favs, but when you listen to Sting you can feel he's an educated intelligent musician, who's familiar with classical music as well as Jazz, and chooses only elite musicians to accompany him.
His music is genuine, but you feel the influences of other (high caliber) musicians in his music.
This is high quality.

Get the analogy?
To me Nadal, a grunting baseliner with awkward shots, is Nirvana - a guy who doesn't care about aesthetics, perfection, and spits in the faces of former tennis legends like Laver and Edberg, who graced the court with both their tennis and demanors.

Federer, well, he's not Sting - much closer to Mozart.
He's a classical pianist, who practised the works of former geniuses in history to perfection, and now is in the phase of composing his own pieces of brilliance, his own symphonies.
And like other geniuses, he's modest, jumping, grunting and making a big deal out of himself is not his way of conducting himself in front of people.

To me, Federer losing to Nadal is like Mozart and Nirvana playing simultaneously on different stages, and the people opting to watch Nirvana, because simplicity sells better than quality.

I once asked a mathematician what drove him, if it was the pursuit of truth, and he told me he didn't care about truth - he saught beauty.
This is me.

Perhaps that gives you some insight about my beaviour of late.
Yes, Roger's game is all about asthetics, art, beauty etc. If you truly admire his game and the beauty of it, you should also understand that unlike the beauty of mathematics or the beauty of a musical composition, the beauty of Roger's game is in real time against all sorts of opponents.

As such, imperfections will creep into that complex amalgamation of strokes and sometimes simplicity will prevail over beauty.

In fact now that you have described your views in greater detail, I am all the more surprised that you are so disappointed.
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Loved your description Rogiman


I wanted to add this.........the one thing I remarked on the last time I saw Roger play live was that playing tennis for him seems so effortless. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else
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Loved your description Rogiman


I wanted to add this.........the one thing I remarked on the last time I saw Roger play live was that playing tennis for him seems so effortless. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else
It makes total sense to me. I remember the first match I saw Roger in and really took notice was Wimby SF '03 against Roddick. I was only a casual tennis watcher then, but I was amazed by how easy he made it look as he demolished Roddick.

When you watch other players, it may be entertaining and high-quality, but you never really get the sense that one of them is playing effortlessly like you do with Roger.
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I don't know what to say ... except the first time I saw Roger was on TV when he beat Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001 - and jumping out of my seat yelling "He's done it" without really knowing too much about Roger. Perhaps that memory should make me a bit more circumspect when I get riled because crowds yell for Roger's opponents - like, the player whose name I dare not speak (or type!). Anyway, it slowly dawned on me towards the latter part of 2003 that I wasn't just looking at his tennis - so I'll just say I support Roger because he's the "complete package"
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Quality for me, but I'm not sure it's quality in the sense meant above (high winners/unforced errors ratio etc.).

For me quality means you've learnt alot and trained hard and have become masterful in both the gist and the nuances of your profession.

For example, Nirvana is one of the most successful bands of all time, but I've never been able to listen to them, because it's so clear none of them has ever bothered to learn music properly, they saught the easy way - not to take the long path and study classical music and improve on their technique and then build on that and add their own dimension - instead they found a winning formula and it worked for them!
To me this means showing disrespect to your profession and to the people who contributed to its development, and that to me is low quality.

On the other hand you've got Sting, for instance.
Sting is neither Mozart, nor is he one of my favs, but when you listen to Sting you can feel he's an educated intelligent musician, who's familiar with classical music as well as Jazz, and chooses only elite musicians to accompany him.
His music is genuine, but you feel the influences of other (high caliber) musicians in his music.
This is high quality.

Get the analogy?
To me Nadal, a grunting baseliner with awkward shots, is Nirvana - a guy who doesn't care about aesthetics, perfection, and spits in the faces of former tennis legends like Laver and Edberg, who graced the court with both their tennis and demanors.

Federer, well, he's not Sting - much closer to Mozart.
He's a classical pianist, who practised the works of former geniuses in history to perfection, and now is in the phase of composing his own pieces of brilliance, his own symphonies.
And like other geniuses, he's modest, jumping, grunting and making a big deal out of himself is not his way of conducting himself in front of people.

To me, Federer losing to Nadal is like Mozart and Nirvana playing simultaneously on different stages, and the people opting to watch Nirvana, because simplicity sells better than quality.

I once asked a mathematician what drove him, if it was the pursuit of truth, and he told me he didn't care about truth - he saught beauty.
This is me.

Perhaps that gives you some insight about my beaviour of late.
i liken federer to yanni. Combines the best of the old with the new as well.
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I love him because his wonderful tennis and his personal~!!
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Game style. First time I saw him I was so impressed that I couldn't move
I also love the fact that he's so classy
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I watch his first match is 2001 Wimby Vs Sampras, I Love him so Much when I saw he wear in white~!
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I am a Federer fan first and foremost, because of the way he plays. I guess Iam old fashioned, but I belief that all sportsmen should play in a beautiful and attacking manner. Federer does that better than any sportsmen I have seen and that is why I support him. The second reason is the way he carries himself on court like a true champion, being curteous and respectful. As long as he keeps these two things up I would support him no matter what his ranking.
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I like his game and his personality. He is the best tennis player of the world.
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