The transition from clay to grass will be harder for Tim this year than ever before, considering how well he did at Roland Garros and how his playing deep into the second week in Paris shortened his grass court practice. I don't think this result reflects his chances at Wimbledon at all. I would still include him as one of the top favorites.
Bit of a roller-coaster, but then that's Tim Henman in front of his home audience for you. A mitigating factor is that Beck has had plenty of grass practice: he won the Surbiton challenger last weekend.
Perhaps Tim should play Nottingham to get a few more matches in.
well, Beck is no mug on grass with his serve and he already won a challenger on grass last week and is well-suited and prepared to this surface whereas, as already mentioned by Leo, the transition from clay to grass was very difficult for Henman.
sure, it's still a surprise, but you have some good explanations why Beck was playing so well and Henman so badly.
And a 3rd set tiebreaker is always a roll of dice, especially when you are losing the tiebreaker 8-6.
So it's not like that Henman was losing 6-2 6-2 without any chance.
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well thats that, henman and his double faults, his losing 7-6 in the 3rd to these average nobody's, theres no way he'll play Nottingham cos that would be 4 straight weeks of tennis, with 2 too follow at wimbledon..... but the writing is on the wall, you absolutely knew this would happen cos he done well at the french, he'd automaticallly fuck up the grass season, and sure enough, he's doing just that
sorry henman fans, but the next run henman "might" make at a slam sf will be the US open, so lets look forward to that
I'm not too surprised, Beck is a very tough draw on grass, Henman needs more time to make the adjustment. I don't think this is any indication of how he will perform in Wimbledon, still think this will be the best year for him because his confident should still be very high after French Open.
Now Wimbledon has to get down to work on a formula to get Henman up to 3 or 4 seed, passing Nalbandian and Ferrero shouldn't be a problem, considering they reached only the 4th, one big round below Henman's QF appearence. If Nalbandian and Ferrero oblige to pull out due to their respective injuries, Wimbledon can just relax and enjoy their tea. So the two should hold off their announcements just to make those people work a little harder.