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Henman fans - greatest run of his career?

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 01:15 PM
A very impressive performance against Burgsmuller - 6/0 6/3 6/3! A lot easier than i expected.

But the big question is can Henman reach the 4th round for the first time? I would have said no, given the fact that Horna was impressive in round 1 but he has been surprisingly dispatched by Galo Blanco.

Henman is tied 1-1 with Blanco head-to-head: -

2002 Roland Garros R128 Henman 6/4 6/3 7/6
1998 Monte Carlo R64 Blanco 6/2 6/4.

Those two result are indicative of Henman's huge improvement on clay this millenium.

Does Henman have the skill to negotiate his way past Blanco and into the 4th Round of Roland Garros for the first time in his caeer? What do you think?

If you think he can, how much further do you think he could go?

athie
05-26-2004, 01:35 PM
I'd agree with you there.... lot easier for Tim than I'd imagined. Still would rather Lars Burgsmuller had won!

BaselineSmash
05-26-2004, 01:39 PM
I've made the mistake time and time again of being overly optimistic about Henman's chances and looking ahead hypothetically at the draw, only for him to lose to someone like Olivier Rochus in straight sets...And so far as predictions go, I'll just sit back and take it one match at a time, although I do perceive Blanco as a great oppurtunity for Henman to progress. We shall see.

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 02:04 PM
It is definitely THE opportunity though. The last few years he has drawn really difficult players like Ferrero, Malisse and Canas, and lost to them all in four or five sets.

Yonge
05-26-2004, 02:32 PM
Yeah, I'm asking the same question too. He himself said that his chances are looking good this year, and I'm happy he's optimistic because I am too. I'd really like to see Tim vs. Andy in the quarters (imagine them in their least favourite surface, playing that deep in the draw). It's really exciting. But if Tim exits in the 3rd again in this year, that's okay too because Wimbledon is just around the corner and we all know that's where he really wants to have the greatest run of his career. :)

TheBoiledEgg
05-26-2004, 02:34 PM
yes....... he'll go on and win Roland Garros, and then become 1st person since Borg to do RG and WIM back to back :o :rolleyes:

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 02:40 PM
:haha: Eggy i like your attitude towards the optimism of Henman fans! But in this case, i think it is right to be optimistic about Henman reaching the fourth round here for the first time. He's in the form of his life, his confidence is high, along with his ranking and he seems to have played a darn sight better than he did against Saulnier. I don't think anyone can discount his chances because he has actually beaten Blanco before with few problems at ROLAND GARROS!! If he were playing someone like Canas or Malisse in round 3 then i would have said he wouldn't win, but the situation is different here.

Yonge - If he doesn't win then i shall :banghead: because it's the best opportunity missed. OK - the advantage is that he will have longer to practice for Wimby but that itsn't that point. He is likely to get a draw with some dangermen like Ljubicic in his path and we will know that his challenge will effectively end by the semis. He needs to take the chances that he has got now, NOW!!!

Btw Yonge, i have just posted a reply to your thread :)

crouching
05-26-2004, 03:29 PM
I am not a Henman fan, but I think he can go quite far. Look at his quarter of the draw... it's now completely opened up.

If he gets through Blanco (he should, cos Blanco is not at his best any more), he then gets to face either one of Jerome Haehnel/Michael Llodra or Julien Jeanpierre/Vince Spadea in the 4th round.

If he can beat his 4th round opponent, again a very likely prospect, maybe a bit more difficult with Spadea, he then gets to face either one of Corretja/Chela; or Santoro/Labadze or Mutis/Roddick, for a place in the semi finals.

Marrahorra
05-26-2004, 04:19 PM
Tim really should make the quarters... His serve is more than good enough in the hot conditions, and he has one of the best slices to frustrate opponents with. He has now recovered from his virus as well.

I hope he makes the quarters purely to break his record of only getting past the fourth round of a slam at Wimbledon.

joeb_uk
05-26-2004, 04:24 PM
yes, he has a good draw, apart from chela i cant see many other players troubling. i thought horna would beat tim, but he is out now :( i dont see roddick causing tim any problems.

joeb_uk
05-26-2004, 04:26 PM
Yonge - If he doesn't win then i shall because it's the best opportunity missed. OK - the advantage is that he will have longer to practice for Wimby


btw i agree, he has a great chance to reach the semis. so if he does not do it! i will be very surprised

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 04:58 PM
Tim is still struggling with some unidentified virus that is making him very tired. He had heart scan and blood tests and they still don't know what's wrong. I fear that will interfere with his matches further. I hope that it all clears up by Wimby :tears:

joeb_uk
05-26-2004, 05:10 PM
is it really that bad tho? or is it just in his mind

joeb_uk
05-26-2004, 05:29 PM
A very impressive performance against Burgsmuller - 6/0 6/3 6/3! A lot easier than i expected.

also, burgsmuller isnt exactly a hard test so we would expect tim to win easily. the important thing is if he can beat the good players later on

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 05:38 PM
A very impressive performance against Burgsmuller - 6/0 6/3 6/3! A lot easier than i expected.

also, burgsmuller isnt exactly a hard test so we would expect tim to win easily. the important thing is if he can beat the good players later on

Yeah true - but Henman has struggled with Burgsmuller in the past. He is no push - over - he beat Schuettler a week ago.

No i don't think the virus is all in his head. He is definitely struggling quite badly physically but the difference is that he was moaning all the time and feeling negative against Saulnier whereas today he put it to the back of his mind and did what he had to do - get on with it.

Yonge
05-26-2004, 05:45 PM
Roddick and Mutis are having one hell of a match (5th set). Andy is holding his own on the clay, but if he losses, the draw will be even more open for Tim. We cannot overlook Chela though since he's in this quarter as well. Goodluck Tim!

joeb_uk
05-26-2004, 05:46 PM
yeah, i agree. i think chela will be probably the only guy to trouble tim. if tim is playing well

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 05:50 PM
Roddick was never going to reach the quarters. I didn't think he'd lose to Mutis (0/4 5th set) but i did think he'd lose to Labadze in round 3.

Vechelaux
05-26-2004, 05:51 PM
I think there is a good chance for him to do some damage. But I do think that maybe he will fall to stronger players on clay later on, he isn't as consistent as on other surfaces. I was really impressed with his match against Burgsmuller though. He had a confident manner today that was markedly different from against Saulnier. :)

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 05:53 PM
Roddick's gonna be bagelled in the 5th set!

Horatio Caine
05-26-2004, 05:57 PM
...maybe not! One last laugh for roddick

tangerine_dream
05-26-2004, 07:06 PM
Even if Andy made it through, I don't think he'd be a match for Tim on clay. Tim has been steadily improving his results since Paris. Mentally, he is really pulling it together, so good on him. :yeah:

Raquel
05-26-2004, 09:32 PM
I would love Tim to have his best RG yet. He must be quite enjoying playing here, even though it's on clay, as no one expects him to win and he has none of the pressure he has at Wimbledon.

Good Luck Tim :yeah:

Corey Feldman
05-27-2004, 09:51 AM
i would love to think henman could reach 4th/qf/ miracle stages.....

but im very wary of a few things, blanco is playing alot better than he was in 2002, and to beat portas, horna on clay in dangerous enough, this illness henman has, he still feels it, but put it out his mind v lars because he had a great start.......i feel he'll need a very good start v blanco or else

and OUTSIDE wimbledon, tim has lost in round 3 of slams (australian, french, us open) an awful lot of times, 4 at the french as well, it will be a struggle , blanco wont be as easy to remove as burgsy was