Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Re: Friday live scores
Zephyr, you are utterly hilarious. There you were confidently predicting a Federer victory, and when (shock horror!) Henman proves his credentials once again against the Wimbledon champion you resort to these repeated, desperate attempts to mock him. Pathetic beyond belief, and completely hollow in light of what just happened.
The Henman-Federer record does not lie - Henman has a very good game to play him and it showed tonight. True, Federer missed two golden opportunities at the end of the first set and I was disappointed at the way he fell away in the second (he certainly tanked that last volley when he got broken again to go down 5-1, and I can well understand the Parisian crowd's booing of him at the end). As a Federer fan, I was really hoping for a good three-setter here.
But Henman showed in the tiebreak why he has an edge - he can block the Federer serve back and chip it down low on the second as he comes in behind it, forcing him into difficult volleys at his toes. Federer, of course, has to serve and volley on a lot of second serves to prevent Henman chip-charging and pressurising him at the net. Compare Federer's record with Henman to his record against all the huge-serving netrushers out there, and you'll see that accuracy can sometimes be more effective than pace.
I think he has an excellent chance against Roddick tomorrow, and if he can somehow get through that match then the final would certainly be extremely winnable, but not guaranteed - no matches in a Masters Series are. Face it, Henman has not beaten Grosjean, Kuerten and Federer (that's 4 GS, 8 TMS and 32 titles collectively!) through chance. In fact, this tournament has restored my faith in him after this tough year. When you consider who he lost to at the three Slams he played this year, he's only fallen to the best.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.