posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 12:45 PM
Mark Philippoussis is expecting a fair deal from British fans when he takes on Tim Henman for a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The 27-year-old
Australian, last year's runner-up, knows he will have to battle a partisan crowd as well as Britain's big hope if he is remain on course for a second
consecutive final appearance. He dashed Henman's Wimbledon hopes in a marathon five-setter in the fourth round four years ago and is confident he can
gain a repeat victory on his favourite court. "I love that Centre Court," said Philippoussis, who booked his place in the fourth round with a 6-4 6-1
6-7 7-5 win over Fernando Gonzalez, of Chile, on court two.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer breezed into the last 16 at Wimbledon 2004 with a straight-sets victory over Thomas Johansson and then checked up on
the progress of his big rival Andy Roddick. The 22-year-old Swiss made light work of the 2002 Australian Open champion, winning 6-3 6-4 6-3 in just 98
minutes in the first match on 'People's Sunday'. The supremely confident Federer has dropped just 19 games in his three matches so far and, although
he faces a potentially tricky fourth-round tie with the 6ft 10in Ivo Karlovic, he could afford to look ahead to a likely final duel with Roddick.
Wimbledon second seed Andy Roddick bludgeoned his way into the fourth round with a straight-sets victory over Taylor Dent in an absorbing contest on
court one. Dent was thrashed by his fellow American at the Australian Open in January but there was no repeat performance at the All England Club as
the 23-year-old gave Roddick a thorough workout. He frequently outfoxed the world number two with some crafty work at the net and secured two set
points in the second set, but ultimately Roddick's power game was enough to secure a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-1) triumph.
Vince Spadea remained in unchartered territory by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating an error-prone Rainer Schuettler. Spadea prevailed
6-4 6-2 6-3 against Schuettler, who put Britain's Greg Rusedski out in the previous round, and will now face either Sjeng Schalken or Thomas
Wayne Ferreira surpassed Stefan Edberg's record by chalking up his 55th successive appearance at a Grand Slam event, but his Wimbledon career ended in
disappointment on Sunday. The Johannesburg native, who has carried the torch for South African men's tennis for more than a decade, lost to Florian
Mayer of Germany, 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-4. Sadly, the 32-year-old brought the curtain down on his time at Wimbledon in front of a lot of empty seats on court
Sjeng Schalken booked a fourth-round date with Vince Spadea after a marathon win over Thomas Enqvist. The No12 seed reached the last 16 following his
5-7 6-2 3-6 7-6 6-2 victory over the durable Swede. And the talented Dutchman is now expecting another marathon contest.