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HENMAN COMES BACK FROM 2 SET TO LOVE & SAVES ONE MATCH POINT

Frooty_Bazooty
05-30-2004, 03:20 PM
6-7(2-7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 9-7

Henman saved a match point at *4-5, a game in which he had 3 double faults :eek:

Well done Henman for reaching his first grand slam quarter final outside of Wimbledon. He plays Chela next, a difficult match but compared to the rest of the draw, it isnt the worst.

Yonge
05-30-2004, 03:25 PM
I am amazed by Timbo! :worship: :worship: :worship:

martinatreue
05-30-2004, 03:26 PM
Well done Timmy!!!!! I love it that you are excelling on non-grass!

CmonAussie
05-30-2004, 03:26 PM
Henman will remember this day for a long time*@@*

Tiger Tim is proving that he's got more intenstinal fortitude then we've given him credit for; at 30yrs he's really in the form of his life! Way to go Timbledon/Henmania (Rolmen Timgaross!)... Maybe we should test Henman to make sure he's not taking any performance enhancing drugs(^^).

Rhythmboy
05-30-2004, 03:26 PM
:fiery:

poor Michael :drool: :sad:

Neely
05-30-2004, 03:27 PM
that's really a good achievement for him :worship:
bad for Llodra to give away this great chance though :sad:
but positive for Tim as he managed to come back against after being 0-2 sets down and he is already heating up for Wimbledon (but still think he will never win it :rolleyes: )

Layla
05-30-2004, 03:28 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

That's all I can say. Who would have though? Well done Tim, that's quite an amazing feat. :) Keep up the good work!

visions23
05-30-2004, 03:28 PM
Well done Henman :worship:

Llodra was tired. He won 2 men & 1 mixted double matches, and he's supposed to play another mixted at the end of the day. Dunno when he plays men double, but it would be very surprising Santoro & Llodra win it this year!

tangerine_dream
05-30-2004, 03:29 PM
To beat a Frenchman on his own soil with that crowd, what Tim pulled off was amazing! That's twice he's come back from two sets down. :eek: And he's the first Brit since 1973 to make the QFs. Chela will probably take care of him in the next match but so what? Henman should be proud. He's playing better than ever. :hatoff: :banana: :bowdown: :bounce: :aparty: :music: :rocker2:

undomiele
05-30-2004, 03:30 PM
oh what a match@@@!!! NEVER would have thought Henman would make it this far! He's been having a great, great year. And this is his worst surface!!! :eek:

Congratulations to both -they both delivered a great game it seems.

Poor France!!!!!!!!! Both of their men's players are out.... Oh well, there's still Mauresmo at least. :yeah:

athie
05-30-2004, 03:30 PM
Congrats Tim....!

Please make sure you come with a heath warning!

Hagar
05-30-2004, 03:32 PM
Awesome win for Tim.
But of course the French TV did not interview him after the match but Llodra. They are so damn partisan.
Tim is really playing his best tennis for the moment.

thenman
05-30-2004, 03:36 PM
Good stuff, Tim! :worship:
Man, oh man, it's simply agonizing having to stare at the live scoreboard like that for hours! I'm so happy - Tim, you just made my day! :kiss:

Sjengster
05-30-2004, 03:39 PM
Nervous at the opportunity of getting to a first Slam QF outside Wimbledon? No, of course he wasn't, what makes you think that?

Seriously, at two sets to love down I could see the headlines in the papers tomorrow slamming him just as much as they praised him yesterday. Llodra played some inspired tennis all the way through and Henman was tentative, but gradually returned better as the match went on and I think Llodra ultimately folded mentally and physically in the last couple of games. But hey, I don't care how tight it was, Henman held his nerve when it looked like it had totally deserted him in that 4-5 game, the crowd were cheering his double faults (at that stage of a match it's understandable) and he was struggling to keep the ball in play, but he clung on and held his last three service games to love. Chela is definitely favourite to beat him, but Henman does have a clay win over the Argentinian and I won't discount his chances completely.

Scarlett
05-30-2004, 03:46 PM
thankyou bbc for holding off the golf to show us the end of the match :)

sarah
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Raquel
05-30-2004, 03:49 PM
Well done Tim :worship: :worship:

2nd time this week coming from 2 sets to love down :)

Chela will be tough but today he did really well. Not many clay courters like playing Tim's net rushing style. Only Tim and Gonzalez took sets off Juan Carlos at RG last year.

On clay, Chela is the favourite. So far in his matches, Tim has been the favourite despite the clay, but now it's the other way round and I think Tim will enjoy that.

Good Luck Tim

Ballbuster
05-30-2004, 03:52 PM
Good job Tim, you've finally ended that "never been to a grand slam quarterfinal other than at Wimbledon" thing

Vechelaux
05-30-2004, 03:53 PM
He played very well from the third set onwards, just dominated the points. He weathered some great play from Llodra in the fifth, and was really consistent.

PinkFeatherBoa
05-30-2004, 03:56 PM
Well done Tim- a great win, if at all nerveracking ;) , pleased to see you in the quarters of another slam hun. Well done to Llodra too- he put up a good fight. :)

:worship: :worship: Tim :worship: :worship:

Ballbuster
05-30-2004, 04:13 PM
You've got quite an interesting weblog, fruitybazooty, u can come to the US and I'd be more than happy to add to your score

little duck
05-30-2004, 04:16 PM
Well done Henman!! I am so glad about his win! I appreciate Henman's game and appearance very much and it is so good to see him wining in a slam! After all he is one of the rare classy netters around, whose game has the touch and refinement.

BaselineSmash
05-30-2004, 04:19 PM
Jesus Christ!

*Dies of passive exhaustion*

Horatio Caine
05-30-2004, 05:10 PM
Well played Tim! It was a great match from start to finish and to be quite honest, Llodra played above himself for most of it and was really quite unlucky not to win. His game took the wind out of Henman's sails which was quite understandable really. Well played Tim for sticking it out and being patient. What an exceptional shot he played match point down - Llodra's approach shot wasn't bad at all.

Chela is undoubtedly favourite to beat Tim but they have shared their only two clay court meetings, Henman winning the last one when he last played at his best form under the watchful eyes of Larry Stefanki in 2002. If Tim recovers sufficiently from his exploits today then i could see him triumphing over Chela but he won't win if he goes down 2 sets to love again.

By the way, when would Henman be likely to play his quarter-final match - Tuesday or Wednesday?

Thankyou to the BBC for continuing the coverage of that outstanding match. Hopefully they'll show his match against Chela although i think that is a little too demanding!

Well played Henman and Llodra! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Sjengster
05-30-2004, 05:56 PM
It's Tuesday, I think. I'm just glad that after throwing away a two-set lead and losing 9-7 in the fifth to Canas in Australia, Henman has hopefully laid some ghosts to rest by doing the reverse here. He has a chance against Chela, who isn't in the top tier of clay-court players, but it's undoubtedly a big step up from his previous opponents. If he plays to the form he showed in the first set versus Chela in Monte Carlo 2002, their last meeting on clay, then a win is certainly possible - he needs to slice as much as possible to force the tall man to bend low to the ball, especially on his double-handed backhand side.

Corey Feldman
05-30-2004, 05:58 PM
what is it about france for tim, wins paris masters, monte carlo qf (and won doubles) and now this qf

Go tim, relax! in the qf, cos chela's the favourite and this time he can feel the pressure!

Horatio Caine
05-30-2004, 06:11 PM
what is it about france for tim, wins paris masters, monte carlo qf (and won doubles) and now this qf

Go tim, relax! in the qf, cos chela's the favourite and this time he can feel the pressure!

Damn right!! :)

Frooty_Bazooty
05-30-2004, 06:17 PM
You've got quite an interesting weblog, fruitybazooty, u can come to the US and I'd be more than happy to add to your score

:D

Conan the Librarian
05-30-2004, 10:22 PM
If he plays to the form he showed in the first set versus Chela in Monte Carlo 2002, their last meeting on clay, then a win is certainly possible - he needs to slice as much as possible to force the tall man to bend low to the ball, especially on his double-handed backhand side.

Conan agrees with this and would also advocate the short slice to bring Chela to the net fairly often.