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Old 07-01-2003, 02:25 AM   #1
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Talking Timmy's Wimby Cheering Thread!!!

Henman Nails Nalbandian
by Barry Newcombe

Tim Henman's dream of becoming the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the Wimbledon title, survived its most formidable challenge of this year's Championships on the Centre Court this evening.

Henman beat last year's finalist David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-3 in three hours and one minute. The match gripped the packed crowd in the Centre Court and thousands more watching on large screen television outside.

Nalbandian presented Henman with his most demanding match of the tournament. At the start of the second week, having played a lucky loser and two qualifiers, Henman had to knuckle down against a player who had learned so much about himself and how to tackle Wimbledon last year.

But Henman was ready for every aspect of the match, perhaps knowing that this was a critical pointer for him to answer, especially as second seed Andre Agassi went out of the tournament earlier in the rain-hit day.

Nalbandian lost his serve eleven times. It is a statistic which will hang over the 21-year-old Argentine until he next wins a big match in a Grand Slam. Equally it will inspire Henman as the final stages of Wimbledon grips the players and makes fresh demands. Henman will play either Sebastien Grosjean of France or Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in the quarter final round.

When Henman won the first set so quickly and cleanly against Nalbandian his path to the quarter finally looked clearcut. He had taken Nalbandian's service twice, had been emphatic with his own serving and it was as good a start as he could have asked for as the first set was gained in 32 minutes.

But things changed in the second set. Nalbandian reduced the pace of his serve and Henman, by degrees, lost some of his early confidence. When Henman gained a break in the fourth game but was himself broken immediately and missed two break points in the sixth game it was a statement of change.

Henman survived a break point in the ninth game. But in the tie break Nalbandian took a 5-3 lead when a winning service return came off the frame of his racket. A lob gave Nalbandian two set points and he won the tie break on the first.

At set all after 89 minutes, the match was evenly balanced. But after Nalbandian led 3-2 in the third set, there were six successive breaks of serve before Henman finally held to take the set and a key lead. He went to set point with his fifth ace in a record speed of 126 mph. And a volley winner clinched the set.

Passionately supported, Henman headed for victory with an immediate break of serve at the start of the fourth set but he lost that advantage in the fourth game. Henman too, was under pressure to hold serve but he managed it in the sixth game and when he took Nalbandian to love to lead 4-3 most of the pressure and many of the doubts were now at Nalbandian's end of the court.

Serving at 5-3 behind, Nalbandian missed two ground strokes to go two match points down. But he saved those, forcing Henman to gain a third and then Nalbandian missed a forehand to send the Centre Court crowd roaring in acclamation.

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good luck in the next round timmy!!!
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:24 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting the article, harry_potter! (btw, have you read Book Five? I haven't yet...arghh! The suspense!)
It's great that the ATP forums are back, ain't it?

Anyway, back to TIM. GREAT WIN over Nalbandian! He commented on his mental strength at times during this match. Hurray! He's SO not a choker. I hope he can survive the tough test from either Grosjean or Ferrero. They're both really, really good players... But I have faith in Tim.
How about that first set? 13(?) winners and ZERO UEs, eh?
So...GOOD LUCK, TIM! for good luck, and a while I'm at it.
We're rootin' for ya!
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:39 AM   #3
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yup, read it
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GO TIM!!!!!
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Old 07-01-2003, 08:07 PM   #4
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OT: Can't wait to read who dies!

Anyway, Grosjean beat Ferrero today, so...Tim meets him next. Hopefully he'll play better than he did against Grosjean at Queen's. GO TIM!
Assuming Tim gets through to the semis, he'll most likely meet Philippoussis, and that's just scary. Maybe he'll have an off-serve day?! And if Tim wins that, he'd most likely meet Roddick. As much as I adore Andy, I really want Tim to win Wimbledon!!!
But oh well. One match at a time. Grosjean, quarters tomorrow!
GOOD LUCK TIM!
Oh, and go Sjeng!
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Old 07-02-2003, 03:00 PM   #5
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uh-oh... 5-1 down in first set
good luck timmy!!! cheerin for u here!!!
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But at least he came back to level 5-5...
Argghhh!!! THREE setpoints in the tiebreak, GONE!!!
So now, play's suspended at 6-7 6-3 3-6 2-1...It's SO NERVEWRACKING watching Tim. sigh.
I hope you win, Tim! GOOD LUCK!
harry_potter, did you watch some of Popp vs Philippoussis? Both are very dangerous guys for Tim to potentially meet in the semis...BIG SERVERS! Oh, and...are we the only Henmaniacs?! What happened to people? Remember Layla? Where's everyone?? lol

GO TIM!!
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*nervously biting fingernails*

nope, didn't get to watch the philippoussis match ... just hoping that the crowds gonna cheer timmy to victory!!!
hehe... seems like our online version of henman hill isn't quite as packed as the real thing
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It's Over.
6-7 6-3 3-6 4-6.
Well, Timmy, don't be too sad. There's always next year! You're still #1 to me!
You deserve a BIG for getting to the qtrs despite worries about your shoulder several weeks ago. Good luck next time!

Yeah. And I guess Grosjean played well. 50-something winners?
But I have to cheer for Roddick now, I guess. Go Andy.
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this can't be true... poor timmy... his best chance in years, and now it's OVER...
oh well, next year hopefully *fingers crossed* good luck!
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I know. Say it ain't so!
But...well...at least he's healthy and well, right?
Congrats to Federer, who played wicked semi and final matches. Did you see him crying!?

Anyway, I think this thread will be outdated in a few days' time, but there'll still be next year.
Maybe we should have a new thread about something. Something else..like...Washington? Is that where Tim's playing next? Hmmm.
GO TIM!

p.s. If you have livejournal, join the community "timhenman"...it's kind of new, and it needs some activity!
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