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Can Henman destroy Coria's hopes?

Horatio Caine
06-01-2004, 07:26 PM
I think Henman could beat Coria, although it will be one hell of a struggle. If Federer can beat Coria on clay then Tim definitely has a chance and should NEVER be discounted. He has the game to trouble Coria and with the crowd undoubtedly on his side, aned hopefully in bigger volume, Coria might feel the pressure a little if he is behind in the match.

Tim will undoubtedly go into the match loose and relaxed, and fresh after two days of rest, especially as Chela hardly tested him. I have also heard that Coria is struggling with a niggling thigh injury and has strapping applied to it so maybe this is an area to exploit?

Once again Tim will need to get one of the first two sets but i am in no doubt that he CAN win, especially as Coria is the overwhelming favourite and has bigged himself up to win the whole tournament. Could this be a Verkerk-style moment for Tim?

By the way, for all the guys that doubted that i was really serious in thinking that Henman would beat Chela, i put money on him to win in 3 or 4 sets...and that little investment paid off handsomely!!! :)

Jinx
06-01-2004, 07:49 PM
mmm The tihng with Verkek was LAST YEAR , Coria has grown a LOT and his tennis is much better now, in his match with Moya he showed us how great he is. I will say the chances are : 90% Coria wins , 10% Henman wins (and im being polite ;) )

I dont have nothing against Hemnan, buts, lets face it, this is Corias moment :worship:

BaselineSmash
06-01-2004, 07:50 PM
Henman should be looking at this match-up (allowing some time for present-moment euphoria, naturally) as a PRIVILEGE: going head-to-head with the world's King Of Clay for a place in the RG final. Tim is so much of an underdog that the pressure should be leavened significantly; will be very entertaining if that is his mindset.

We all know that "court space" is not an expression Coria's opponents have had cause to use this fortnight, and this will ultimately be the case for Henman also. But I can see him making this a contest. Self-belief is key; Coria certainly lacked it last year. Sure he's learnt a lot since then, and I don't believe he will be struggling physically at all (whatever he may have hinted at), but he had better not approach this as a foregone contest like he seems to be in his interviews...A very nasty surprise will be in waiting if so.

Unfortunately Henman's plane is virtually streaking it's vapor trails back to England already, but I don't think I need to reiterate the abundance of postive notes he has already tallied up at Roland Garros 2004.

Fumus
06-01-2004, 07:50 PM
I believe Henman can beat Coria. Why? You can't discount Timmy "The Hustler" Henman's game on clay! His strokes are great, his volleys are the best in game, and his confidence couldn't be higher.

Henman has the best volleys on the tour. Henman has great feel and reflexes much like the slazenger insignia that is painted on his racquet(a cat). Henman's ROS is great on clay and has worked very well for him over the last couple weeks. Henmans groundies are as consistant and menacing as ever, they are probably the most underated on the tour just because everyone does look at his volley skills so much.

Just remember, you doubters, you don't get to the semis of any Slam by sucking on that surface, infact you have to be pretty damn good on the stuff....good enough to beat the best clay courter on the tour...we'll have to watch the match to find out!
Go Timmy "The hustler"!!

This is from my thread but, I figured I was posted in here...

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 07:52 PM
Coria is not going to fluff away another chance at the RG final. Last year was last year, and he's gone 23423423-1 on clay since that happened. He's far more confident than he was at that point. Last year he was jsut content to beat Andre Agassi. This year, anything short of taking home the trophy will be a dissapointment.

Coria could be down 0-2 and 2-5 to Henman and still think that it was his match to lose.

I won't give Henman zero chances, seeing as he is going to show up and play and anything can happen... but I think it's highly unlikely.

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 07:54 PM
None of the above has anything to do with Henman "not being any good" on the surface, btw. I've always thought he was a little better than eh's given credit for on the clay. He's just no Coria, that's all

tennisathlete
06-01-2004, 07:54 PM
Coria is not going to fluff away another chance at the RG final. Last year was last year, and he's gone 23423423-1 on clay since that happened. He's far more confident than he was at that point. Last year he was jsut content to beat Andre Agassi. This year, anything short of taking home the trophy will be a dissapointment.

Coria could be down 0-2 and 2-5 to Henman and still think that it was his match to lose.

I won't give Henman zero chances, seeing as he is going to show up and play and anything can happen... but I think it's highly unlikely.

well, I'd say it's about 60-40 in Coria's favour, but I'll back Henman all they way, if he plays like he did today anything can happen.

Fumus
06-01-2004, 07:56 PM
It's more like 70-30 Coria to Henman winning ratio...but it's a big 30...:lol:

Henman will test Coria and if Coria plays like he did against Federer in that Hamburg final which albeit was Coria's B game not that bad, he will loose against Henmans seemingly A+ game...

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 07:57 PM
I think that 40-60 is overrating Henmans chances, but we can disagree. The world won't collapse if we do ;)

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 07:57 PM
It's more like 70-30 Coria to Henman winning ratio...but it's a big 30...:lol:

Henman will test Coria and if Coria plays like he did against Federer in that Hamburg final which albeit was Coria's B game not that bad, he will loose against Henmans seemingly A+ game...
Coria won't play like he (apparently) played in the Hamburg final (I didn't see it). He learns well from his defeats.

Havok
06-01-2004, 07:58 PM
Henman in the SF of RG is just :bigcry::bigcry::sobbing: Coria should cruise to victory :drive:

Fumus
06-01-2004, 08:01 PM
Coria won't play like he (apparently) played in the Hamburg final (I didn't see it). He learns well from his defeats.

Yea well, he's been playing B game all week from what I have seen hasn't really been tested...Henman will test him and he will have to take it up a notch..if he can't it will be the hustler's day.

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 08:02 PM
Yea well, he's been playing B game all week from what I have seen hasn't really been tested...Henman will test him and he will have to take it up a notch..if he can't it will be the hustler's day.
He's played as well as he's had to. He has a way of doing that...

Fumus
06-01-2004, 08:03 PM
Coria won't play like he (apparently) played in the Hamburg final (I didn't see it). He learns well from his defeats.

If only he learned from injury in the same way... :) :D

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 08:04 PM
If only he learned from injury in the same way... :) :D
I don't get it. Explain?

Björki
06-01-2004, 08:04 PM
Coria will beat Henman in straight sets. :D

Fumus
06-01-2004, 08:05 PM
He's played as well as he's had to. He has a way of doing that...

I agree his game lends him that ability with his speed and flluid movement but, yea, he will be tested, Henman has had some long matches already, he will be battle tested, Coria has cruised, idk this has all the makings of an upset about it...

Fumus
06-01-2004, 08:08 PM
I don't get it. Explain?


well, it seems he has injured himself, and re-injured himself time and time again, fitness, diet, sleep, are pre-cautions that can prevent injury but, he still gets injured, infact even now I hear he has some kind of leg injury...does he learn not to get injured?

Horatio Caine
06-01-2004, 09:04 PM
Coria will beat Henman in straight sets. :D

Nah - if Henman serves for a set then he won't make the same mistake as Careless Carlos, and certainly not twice. Coria ought to have been on the plane back to Argentina with his pal Juan-"Ignorant - on clay" Chela! :haha: :haha:

willie
06-01-2004, 09:09 PM
mmm The tihng with Verkek was LAST YEAR , Coria has grown a LOT and his tennis is much better now, in his match with Moya he showed us how great he is. I will say the chances are : 90% Coria wins , 10% Henman wins (and im being polite ;) )

I dont have nothing against Hemnan, buts, lets face it, this is Corias moment :worship:

i agree totally with what jinx says, this is coria`s moment and last year he was smaller, it was his first time but now he is bigger, he knows how to deal with this moments and the most important is that he has faith in himself.

willie
06-01-2004, 09:10 PM
Nah - if Henman serves for a set then he won't make the same mistake as Careless Carlos, and certainly not twice. Coria ought to have been on the plane back to Argentina with his pal Juan-"Ignorant - on clay" Chela! :haha: :haha:

:( :( :(

shaoyu
06-01-2004, 09:11 PM
Henman's win seems to have turned MTF into WTAWorld ...

LCeh
06-01-2004, 09:15 PM
Haven't really watched how Henman is playing in RG yet, but from what I have seen from the Moya Coria match, Henman has VERY LITTLE chance of winning. Moya pounds his forehand, and Coria just sends them back as if they hit the wall. When Moya pounds a good forehand and comes in, Coria passes him or lobs him. If Moya's groundstroke cannot allow him to come in against Coria, I am not sure how Tim is gonna do. Sure, he might be a better volleyer, but you only volley to finish a point. If you cannot set up the point that allows you to put away, you are toasted if you are Henman...

Horatio Caine
06-01-2004, 09:18 PM
Haven't really watched how Henman is playing in RG yet, but from what I have seen from the Moya Coria match, Henman has VERY LITTLE chance of winning. Moya pounds his forehand, and Coria just sends them back as if they hit the wall. When Moya pounds a good forehand and comes in, Coria passes him or lobs him. If Moya's groundstroke cannot allow him to come in against Coria, I am not sure how Tim is gonna do. Sure, he might be a better volleyer, but you only volley to finish a point. If you cannot set up the point that allows you to put away, you are toasted if you are Henman...

I'll bet Moya didn't try all the shots in the book though. Henman can bring him in and lob him and everything. He definitely has a chance to win, no question about it and Coria hasn't got a brilliant serve so it is easily breakable. Besides Coria can't hit a volley for crap so if Tim can execute some good drop shots then he will be in business. :) Argie number 2 - good bye to you!! :haha: :haha:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-01-2004, 09:22 PM
Henman in the SF of RG is just :bigcry::bigcry::sobbing: Coria should cruise to victory :drive:

:haha:
coria 99.9% chance of winning and henman 0.01%
now im being generous there ;)

LCeh
06-01-2004, 09:24 PM
I'll bet Moya didn't try all the shots in the book though. Henman can bring him in and lob him and everything. He definitely has a chance to win, no question about it and Coria hasn't got a brilliant serve so it is easily breakable. Besides Coria can't hit a volley for crap so if Tim can execute some good drop shots then he will be in business. :) Argie number 2 - good bye to you!! :haha: :haha:

:haha: :haha: :worship: You amaze me :haha:

Horatio Caine
06-01-2004, 09:26 PM
:haha: :haha: :worship: You amaze me :haha:

I don't like to disappoint. :)

Lestat
06-01-2004, 09:28 PM
The last match on clay:
Montecarlo TMS 2003

Coria def. Henman
6-2 ; 6-1 :eek:

Hard:
Cincinnati TMS 2003:

Coria def. Henman
6-3 ; 4-6 ; 6-4

Bye bye timmy :wavey:

SaFed2005
06-01-2004, 09:58 PM
I have a feeling that Henman might make it to his 1st ever GS finla on clay(lol)...
Its just a feeling...;)

Horatio Caine
06-01-2004, 10:08 PM
The last match on clay:
Montecarlo TMS 2003

Coria def. Henman
6-2 ; 6-1 :eek:

Hard:
Cincinnati TMS 2003:

Coria def. Henman
6-3 ; 4-6 ; 6-4

Bye bye timmy :wavey:


As i said in another post, those last two defeats were partly influenced by Henman's low confidence level in his game and his shoulder. He was down at 35/40 in the world and struggling to come back. No wonder Coria steamrolled him! The situation is quite different and is more indicative of Henman's first win over Coria on clay, even though Coria was vastly less experienced than he is now.

BaselineSmash
06-01-2004, 10:30 PM
The last match on clay:
Montecarlo TMS 2003

Coria def. Henman
6-2 ; 6-1 :eek:

Hard:
Cincinnati TMS 2003:

Coria def. Henman
6-3 ; 4-6 ; 6-4

Bye bye timmy :wavey:

As adorable as that smilie is, I'm not convinced Henman will lose as easily as he did in Rome. He had himself a nasty ear infection on that day and you might find, when playing against a top ten player ( :p ), that that seriously hampers your sense of coordination and your overall chances of success.

Fostin
06-01-2004, 10:46 PM
It seems everybody wants Coria to lose... LOL That`s IMPOSIBLE GUYS! dont you understand???!!! http://smilies.jeeptalk.org/contrib/blackeye/hihi.gif

undomiele
06-01-2004, 10:59 PM
Mmm... Coria has the H2H advantage on clay and Henman has yet to come across a top 20 player at RG as Roddick and Agassi were in his side of the draw. Coria is clearly the favorite here.

CmonAussie
06-01-2004, 11:03 PM
Henman is an enigma*@@*

Last year when Tiger Tim best Kuerten/Grosjean/Federer/Roddick/Pavel to take Paris TMS crown I was amazed!!!
-->> Again in Paris but this time on Clay Tiger Tim is playing umbelievable tennis; a tennis match is just two guys battling it out~ Coria is clearly the favourite BUT this is the year for CRAZY WINS at RG (check~ Ferrero/Federer/Roddick/Henin/Serena/Mauresmo/Venus upset losses...!!!).

Somehow I think it may be Henman's destiny to win this match against Coria BUT if he makes the Final then I hope either Kuerten or Hewitt would take the trophy^**^!

Fostin
06-01-2004, 11:05 PM
Yes I want 1st: Coria ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooor 2nd: Kuerten LOL

Guille's Girl
06-01-2004, 11:06 PM
H2H advantages don't mean shit. See how Nally started losing to Feds?? Look what happened to Serena today. :haha: ok ANYWAY, yeah Hen hasn't played any top ten players....HEY YOU'RE RIGHT! I never noticed that...

Corey Feldman
06-01-2004, 11:14 PM
henmans had a superb run, but to beat this machine coria?? :s
i heard the brit commentators say they felt coria lost to verkerk last year because he hit that ball boy and felt guilty, like he shoulda been defaulted, but instead he just played a bad match

hit another ball boy Guillermo!!! :D

Go for it Timbo!

Guille's Girl
06-01-2004, 11:17 PM
:haha: oh this is the perfect time to make a joke!! But I won't...yes I will!!! No I won't...

undomiele
06-01-2004, 11:27 PM
Guilles girl... Henman has yet to play a top *20* player not just top 10

Guille's Girl
06-01-2004, 11:28 PM
Oh.

BaselineSmash
06-01-2004, 11:31 PM
Guilles girl... Henman has yet to play a top *20* player not just top 10

Chela has become a top 20 player during RG. He was safely in there at #17 before they stepped on court.

argiesf
06-01-2004, 11:31 PM
As adorable as that smilie is, I'm not convinced Henman will lose as easily as he did in Rome. He had himself a nasty ear infection on that day and you might find, when playing against a top ten player ( :p ), that that seriously hampers your sense of coordination and your overall chances of success.


Thats the same with sex?! :crazy: :crazy:

undomiele
06-01-2004, 11:34 PM
My point is Henman hasn't really been challenged. And the fact that Agassi and Roddick were in his side of the draw undeniably has a lot to do with this. Kuerten beat Federer, Coria beat Moya, Henman only had to beat Chela. There's a gulf of achievement here comparatively. Which is why Coria's the favorite. Surely you must see this?

Billabong
06-01-2004, 11:38 PM
I give 80-20 chances to Coria! He's the heavy favorite...

Corey Feldman
06-01-2004, 11:40 PM
to beat blanco and chela is good enough, plus horna was in that draw and he aint to bad on clay is he, not henmans fault agassi bombed out, besides after drawing ferrero in r3 last year, and roddick in round ONE at the US open, its bout time henman got a decent draw :)

Guille's Girl
06-01-2004, 11:45 PM
Chela was nervous today too. I hate saying that. I don't want to sound like I'm taking something form TimmAY. But yeah, JI was nervous poor kid.

undomiele
06-01-2004, 11:45 PM
to beat blanco and chela is good enough, plus horna was in that draw and he aint to bad on clay is he, not henmans fault agassi bombed out, besides after drawing ferrero in r3 last year, and roddick in round ONE at the US open, its bout time henman got a decent draw :)

True. But Blanco and Chela were never favorites to win RG whereas Federer and Moya were. Big difference.

And since when should certain players be entitled to "decent" draws? Its a GRAND SLAM honey! The winner is supposed to *earn* it! You have to deal with what you've been given.. tough luck otherwise.

little duck
06-02-2004, 12:16 AM
It seems everybody wants Coria to lose... LOL That`s IMPOSIBLE GUYS! dont you understand???!!! http://smilies.jeeptalk.org/contrib/blackeye/hihi.gif

Hamburg 2004 final... I know it was so long ago, but could you remind me who was that guy who got pummeled buy Roger?

If Roger can do it, maby Henman can do it too. Everyone thought he can't beat Chela, but he did it.

Corey Feldman
06-02-2004, 12:35 AM
True. But Blanco and Chela were never favorites to win RG whereas Federer and Moya were. Big difference.

And since when should certain players be entitled to "decent" draws? Its a GRAND SLAM honey! The winner is supposed to *earn* it! You have to deal with what you've been given.. tough luck otherwise.

and i agree, henman has earned this SF, its great !:) but can the hustler henman beat the little machine coria? if not, 5 Semi final loses in grand slams :(

WyveN
06-02-2004, 12:39 AM
The last 2 times Coria lost on clay has been to players you would hardly call conventional clay court tennis players (Verkerk & Roger), Henman wont let Coria get into a rhythm and while he will probably get thrashed, he does have a chance.

J. Corwin
06-02-2004, 12:40 AM
I wouldn't be totally shocked if Tim wins, but if I had to bet I'd definitely go with Coria. Tim's gonna come in and that may mess up Coria's rhythm with long rallies a lil, but Coria has good passing shots. I don't think drop shots are going to work too well with Tim either.

Lestat
06-02-2004, 01:18 AM
better for you timbo, reject the plan "A" (try to win) and use the plan "B", run away ! :haha:
:wavey:

undomiele
06-02-2004, 01:20 AM
The last 2 times Coria lost on clay has been to players you would hardly call conventional clay court tennis players (Verkerk & Roger), Henman wont let Coria get into a rhythm and while he will probably get thrashed, he does have a chance.


Would you bet on that chance Wyven? :p
Have you seen the Coria/Moya match? ;)

WyveN
06-02-2004, 02:04 AM
Would you bet on that chance Wyven? :p
Have you seen the Coria/Moya match? ;)

Moya had his chances but couldn't convert, with the price offered on Moya he was worth a bet.

FryslanBoppe
06-02-2004, 02:16 AM
Moya had his chances but couldn't convert, with the price offered on Moya he was worth a bet.

Moya had more than enough chances to win, but Henman won't be winning this match. I wonder how Coria will vary his tactics when he plays against Tim. Henman has done well, with the help of not playing anyone decent until the QFs, but he took advantage of this, it won't be good enough for Henman against Coria.

undomiele
06-02-2004, 04:15 AM
Moya had his chances but couldn't convert, with the price offered on Moya he was worth a bet.

I meant Henman's chance against Coria.

WyveN
06-02-2004, 05:15 AM
I meant Henman's chance against Coria.

I am not crazy enough to bet on Henman against Coria but I still think he has a small chance only because of how different Henman plays on clay compared to everyone else Coria has faced.

Coria didn't look all that comfortable against Federer's slice backhands and Henman will give him plenty of those, Henman cannot hesitate or hold back at
all. He has to viciously attack Coria from the get-go, coming in on both 1st
and 2nd serves, and chipping and charging on Coria's serve. He has *no
chance* if he gets pinned to the baseline. His best chance will *always* be
at the net.

I don't give Henman much of a chance but I think he can cause Coria more problems then Hewitt, Nalbandian & Gaudio.

nando
06-02-2004, 06:51 AM
I really want tim to win, just to cause a HUGE upset would be fun!

Lalitha
06-02-2004, 07:12 AM
Tim can win if

a. He plays really good.
b. If Coria plays bad.

oxy
06-02-2004, 07:34 AM
no matter who wins....he will never get past Guga in finals....Go Guga!!!

Rex
06-02-2004, 08:08 AM
ehh, if it be in the books of his fate well, then this would have to be an extraordinary week for him....................................go Tim

Marrahorra
06-02-2004, 08:24 AM
Moya was saying in a TV interview that the court and conditions were too slow. And certainly the Langlen court is slower than Chatrier.

Tim was able to overpower Ferrero with his forehand for a while on Chatrier, so I think he may have the upper hand occasionally in baseline rallies.

Tim will need to use his kick-serve and volley even better than he did on Tuesday. He also needs to make life as hard as possible for El Mago when returning.

If Tim keeps one of the first two sets tight, he might be able to use crowd support to sneak one of them. If he has to come from two sets down again, he is probably doomed.

But don't say what happens till we see the match!! Form is so important on clay, and Henman has found incredible form without warning, when comparing to the start of the fortnight

Haasfan
06-02-2004, 08:56 AM
I see this really as a straightforward 3 set win for Coria, hes annillated everything at RG, I mean everything, Moya didnt have a chance, Coria simply had an answer to everything.
Tim's only hopes lie in that, Coria could choke, like last year against Verkerk. Coria was immature, his game wasnt as good, and he lacked experience. This is very much a different case this year. If Coria delivers about 60-70% of what hes capable of I dont see Tim posing him that many problems. However this is very good for Tim's prospects at Wimbly and he should be very proud of what hes accomplished whatever Coria throws at him on Friday.

BaselineSmash
06-02-2004, 09:00 AM
I see this really as a straightforward 3 set win for Coria, hes annillated everything at RG, I mean everything, Moya didnt have a chance, Coria simply had an answer to everything.

Moya served for both the first and second sets. Given that his first serve was averaging around 190km/h, I'd call that a pair of very good (and badly missed) chances.

WyveN
06-02-2004, 09:15 AM
I see this really as a straightforward 3 set win for Coria, hes annillated everything at RG, I mean everything, Moya didnt have a chance, Coria simply had an answer to everything.

didnt see the match?

Peoples
06-02-2004, 09:38 AM
Henman has beaten Coria on clay before. But they were both so different back then. The evil midget is much better now and also Tim wouldn't be in the semis if he hadn't got his new 'cool' look with rarely any emotions. If they both can keep it up it'll be a struggle 3 sets win for Coria but if not, it'll be an easy 3 setter for Coria.

star
06-02-2004, 11:45 AM
When asked if Henman could beat Coria, Moya laughed out loud. :)

PARIS -- Even before Carlos Moya carved the delicate drop shot, Guillermo Coria was off like a sprinter out of the blocks. From six feet behind the baseline, he flew toward the net, reaching the ball just as it embraced the red clay for the second time. The umpire ruled that the ball had bounced twice, but repeated replays failed to override Coria's assertion that he had gotten to the ball.




Even in slow motion, "The Wizard" is too fast.


Against Moya, the proud Spanish champion here in 1998, Coria was too much.


In a match that was supposed to provide compelling drama, No. 3-seeded Coria blinded No. 5 Moya, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3. The Argentine now faces Great Britain's Tim Henman, a surprise visitor to Friday's semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Juan Ignacio Chela.


"He runs a lot, and looks like he knows where the ball is going every time," Moya said. "Still, I had my chances, but I should have taken one of them."


Time and again, Moya would find himself in position to hit a winner, unleash the shot and watch as Coria retrieved it. A chilly day of rain at Roland Garros slowed the balls and the clay aided and abetted Coria's edge in speed.


"It helped his game," Moya said. "I wanted to have a sunny day, dry conditions, center court if possible -- and it was everything the opposite. The ball was very heavy today."


Moya grew so frustrated so quickly, that he started going for too much on his shots in the first set. The statistic sheet says he finished with 56 unforced errors, 30 more than Coria. But, make no mistake, they were forced.


The second-set tiebreaker was the match in microcosm.


Coria ran down everything Moya had and ran out to a 5-3 lead. With Coria rushing net for no rational reason, Moya stroked a passing shot that seemed to get past Coria. But with a forehand volley stab Coria stopped the ball and sent it back at such an extreme angle -- it landed only a foot over the net and bounced sideway into the doubles alley -- that the crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen gasped. Moya's next shot, a wild cross-court forehand, was so hard and so out the crowd gasped again.


How frustrating was it?


"I was frustrated that I didn't take my chances," Moya said. "I didn't feel he was bothering me too much. I was serving for the first set, 30-15 -- he's there all the time. He doesn't give up at all.


"I was controlling the game, it's true that he puts all the balls back."


Coria, who at times played inside the baseline, perhaps the farthest forward of any player here, said part of his strategy was to play more aggressively.


"It's difficult to dominate with Moya because he hits the ball very hard," Coria said. "When he gave me the opportunity to run to net, I did. It's something I am trying to improve in my game."


How to take this match? Moya came in with a 28-5 record on clay this year -- the highest total on the ATP. Coria, who has now won 35 of his last 36 matches on clay, took him out in straight sets. Coria has now played 13 sets here and won them all. He also benefited from Nicolas Escude's default after one set, which means he is far fresher than Henman, who has played a total of 19 sets and was forced to come back from a two-set deficit twice.


When asked if Henman had a chance against Coria, Moya laughed out loud.


"This part of the draw has not been that tough," Moya allowed. "I think he [Henman] don't expect to make semifinals."


Moya paused.


"It's going to be a tough match, but I think Coria has more experience on clay.


"I am not allowed to bet, so ..."

Dirk
06-02-2004, 12:14 PM
Moya was a meathead yesterday and Coria was a genius. Moya didn't do enough variety till near the end and it was too late. Only Guga could have a chance at stopping Coria. Either way the RG champ will be a very deserving one.

Lady
06-02-2004, 12:29 PM
I just can imagine Carlos loughing at that question :lol:

Horatio Caine
06-02-2004, 02:00 PM
better for you timbo, reject the plan "A" (try to win) and use the plan "B", run away ! :haha:
:wavey:

Yeah true! He does the running away thing quite well! About 8 years ago i remember an episode when he was playing Muster in a match and Muster got angry with him or something and threatened him...Tim ran off court and hid behind the stands until it was safe to come out! Hilarious! :haha: :haha:

Somehow, i don't think he is afraid of Coria's game....or Coria in general since he could be swatted away like a fly! :haha:

Horatio Caine
06-02-2004, 02:04 PM
Moya was a meathead yesterday

:haha: :haha:

tangerine_dream
06-02-2004, 05:27 PM
"If Henman pulls this off I will stand on my head for the entire first set of the first match I cover at Wimbledon!" -- John MacEnroe on Henman's impending match with Coria

And he'll do it, too! :haha: