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Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

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Reigning champion Roger Federer has pinpointed Tim Henman as the player he would rather avoid should he reach the Wimbledon final.

The world number one is expected by many to march to the final of the tournament where he made his grand slam breakthrough but believes Henman has the armoury to prevent him from retaining his crown.

Federer said: "I would not fancy playing (Tim) Henman.

"He has the whole crowd behind him and is tough to play on grass. I wouldn't like that - but I'd already be pleased to be back in the final."

The Basle-born player was speaking after he closed in on his second consecutive Garry Weber Open title in Halle by racing to a 6-3 6-4 win over Jiri Novak in the semi-finals to extend his winning streak on grass to 16 games.

He now faces American Mardy Fish, the last player to take a set off him on the surface in the fourth round of last year's All England Championships.

He revealed his motivation is to maintain his position at number one and to do that he has to keep collecting titles.

"What else is left for me ranking-wise? I am the number one already so I can´t improve. I want to maintain it and that's why I have to keep winning titles," said Federer.

"This tournament is more than a tune-up for Wimbledon - it is very important to me and I´m happy I have the chance to win the fifth title of the season."

"Win or lose tomorrow, I would say it doesn't change much for Wimbledon because I have played so well in the last matches," he said. "I feel wonderful and have much more confidence than at the same time last year."
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

hmmm Id be more wary of facing Andy Roddick than Henman at the moment
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uuuuuhh, I dont think Rogi has reason to feel terribly intimidated by Andy, no matter what role he is on, lol,

I wonder if Rogi even has the ability to be really intimidated,,, naaah
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

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hmmm Id be more wary of facing Andy Roddick than Henman at the moment
Difference is that Federer owns Roddick in a big way, whereas Henman causes him more problems on faster surfaces.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Difference is that Federer owns Roddick in a big way, whereas Henman causes him more problems on faster surfaces.
Exactly besides Roger and Andy is not going to meet till the final, of course Henman is the one he will be wary of first.

No surprise at all with that statement from Roger.
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

Paul: Didn't you see the semis with Fed and Andy at Wimby last year? Fed made Andy look like an average player. He wasn't intimidated by the serve. He blocked it back and made Andy play that extra shot that he always seem to net or return to Fed who then would hit a winner.
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Agreed, Geo and Isy... the fact that Rogi can return Pandy's big serves [and Flip's] makes the difference -- hardly any other player can beat Pandy, whether or not he serves big -- they are just intimidated by him, like they used to be v. AA.

Nope, Henman can still beat Rogi, esp on grass at home, exc that the pressure might be too much for him, as usual.

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RogiFan: You're a Roger fan and you want Henman to win
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

Yep last year obviously Federer did own Roddick but he seems to be well on form now with the rest after the French Open certainly helping him. I think Federer would beat Roddick but not by the same margin as last year. I definitely feel Roddick has a better chance of beating Federer than Henman though.
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RogiFan: You're a Roger fan and you want Henman to win
Son of Wertheim please read Rogi Fan' s post closely. It doesn't say that at all.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

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Yep last year obviously Federer did own Roddick but he seems to be well on form now with the rest after the French Open certainly helping him. I think Federer would beat Roddick but not by the same margin as last year. I definitely feel Roddick has a better chance of beating Federer than Henman though.
You are dreaming aren't you? Please tell me you are not being serious.

Ok, Federer leads Roddick 5-1 and everyone else here has given reason why Federer does not have problems playing Roddick and that 1 victory was fortunate, but earned.

Henman until this year had not lost to Federer, he has beaten him this year. If you just go on form from Queens, it doesn't mean that much really. Henman has the game that troubles Federer and he has beaten 6 times and that's a fair indication that Roger has trouble with and respect him.

Roger does not fear Roddick.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

I see no way in which Henman could beat a fully-fit Federer at Wimbledon, even if he gained a significant lead against him. SW19 will soon be like a second home to Roger, if it isn't already.
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Re: Fed: Please, Henman, lose before I meet you at Wimby!

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Yep last year obviously Federer did own Roddick but he seems to be well on form now with the rest after the French Open certainly helping him. I think Federer would beat Roddick but not by the same margin as last year. I definitely feel Roddick has a better chance of beating Federer than Henman though.
And Federer doesn't seem to be well on form? He just defended his title in Halle without dropping a set.
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I see no way in which Henman could beat a fully-fit Federer at Wimbledon, even if he gained a significant lead against him. SW19 will soon be like a second home to Roger, if it isn't already.
I wouldn't go that far yet.
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I see no way in which Henman could beat a fully-fit Federer at Wimbledon, even if he gained a significant lead against him. SW19 will soon be like a second home to Roger, if it isn't already.
Don't get me wrong I don't want to see Henman win, but if he plays Federer of course he is more than capable of beating Roger and has done it many times, it doesn't mean he will on the biggest occasion though.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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