The British press just won't leave their guy alone or give him a break, will they?
HAS HENMAN'S CHANCE PASSED HIM BY?
By Mark Staniforth, PA Sport
Henman Hill will soon be full of hope that this is the year for a British Wimbledon winner.
The fans' favourite's gallant charge to the last four of the French Open sparked renewed optimism among the painted-faced hordes that this time those semi-final heartaches will turn into final glory.
Henman's regeneration under his new coach Paul Annacone has been plain for all to see and even his second-round exit at Queen's hardly dampened the mood of optimism which seems to be sweeping around the All England Club.
But rather than Henman's untimely demise against Karol Beck it was two other results last week which left the likelihood that the nearly-man will miss out again.
For all Henman's undoubted improvement he remains some way off the grasscourt greatness soon to be bestowed upon Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.
The pair dominated Wimbledon last year until a semi-final clash sent a simply awesome Federer on the way to his first Grand Slam triumph.
Last week, Roddick and Federer swept to tournament victories at Queen's and Halle with an aplomb which marked them out ahead of their rivals.
Roddick's raw power and Federer's deft serve and volley game are set to create a grasscourt rivalry to match McEnroe and Borg and Becker and Edberg.
The temporary vacuum created by Pete Sampras' retirement has been filled by a pair who show all the signs of dominating well into the future.
It is likely to be to Henman's eternal regret that he could not convert his golden chance in the 2001 semi-final against Goran Ivanisevic.
The imperious Sampras had come to the end of his reign and the young guns led by Lleyton Hewitt had not quite made it to the top.
2001 was the void year just made for Henman. He blew his big chance and when he returned one year later he ran into Hewitt, who by then had matured into a champion of considerable pedigree.
Now Hewitt may have sunk but over the last 12 months Roddick and Federer have emerged to take a firm grip of the short grasscourt season.
Henman is a match for almost everybody on his favourite surface and another semi-final place is not only within his grasp but looking likely.
His problem will be what to do when faced by one of the top two seeds whose respective paths to the final look more assured than have anybody's since Sampras.
Only more heroics of the highest order will help Henman overcome one of the two main men who are set to rule on grass for years to come.