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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Henman scrapes through

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TRD

posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 12:54 PM
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Tim Henman's credentials as a possible Wimbledon champion took a battering after he scraped past debutant Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.The British number one was tentative from the outset as Ramirez dominated the first set from the baseline.
 

And Henman was in desperate trouble when Ramirez held two points for a two-set lead before nerves finally struck the Spaniard.

Ramirez Hidalgo had never set foot on a grass court until two days ago but took the opening set of the first round clash 6-4 against the four-time semi-finalist.

The 26-year-old from Alicante, without a win in any Grand Slam event, was then only denied taking the second set tie-break by a fortunate Henman return which hit the line, before the British number one levelled the match.

Henman then took the next two sets 6-4 6-2 to complete a nerve-wracking victory in two minutes over three hours, but will need a massive improvement if he is to have any chance of claiming the coveted title on July 4.

It was a far from convincing performance from Henman against a player who has won just five matches all year, and had never previously played on grass.

For all the pre-tournament talk of a new "relaxed" Henman, the Briton was soon berating himself on the changeovers as Ramirez played well above his world ranking of 89.

BBC Sport



Ben

posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 10:03 PM
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everybody has their tough math, and hopefully this was timmy's


TRD

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 03:58 PM
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Yea hopefully he got the bad one out of the way and improves from now on.


Ben

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 08:57 PM
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He has always been solid on the grass i wouldnt look for him to go out early.


TRD

posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 12:36 PM
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Yea your right. People expect so much from him over here and it's disappointing when he fails to deliever. I guess you can't play your best every round. So just scraping through is something to build on.



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