I wasn't planning on posting in here, given the circumstances that started the thread and the caliber of poster found using it because of said circumstances.
But Younes has shown himself to be an amazing player, a thrilling competitor, and, having lost a heartbreaking match which could have easily gone in his favor, a sportsman with behavior that I think this thread's starter couldn't comprehend. From handing his racket to the ballboy to grasping Andy's hand and bowing in unison post-match to being interviewed on court following a five-hour loss, Younes has shown me that he is a man whom is beyond reproach, and the type of person who we all should take lessons from. I only hope that Andy at 31 is the same type of man that Younes is today.
I only hope that some of the ATP World posters are the same way at 31 as well...but I'm not holding my breath.
In seeing recent matches (i.e. last few years), there is nothing too flashy about his play (it can get boring and "ugly," really) and there is nothing flashy about his on-court personality either. So why is he so popular? Are people living in memories of long hair and neon clothing??