The sweet taste of victory! Henman through!

by Suw on June 30, 2003

Omg, what a match! That was quite astounding. Nail biting, edge of your seat, screaming at the tv fantastic tennis. I feel really quite elated that Tim has got through, after what was a real tough match.

Tim took the first set pretty easily – Nalbandian really didn’t get into his stride at all in the first set. Second set didn’t go quite Tim’s way, and the third. Well, that was like putting the Pamplona Bull Run through the Wedgwood factory – just breakages everywhere. Tim broke Nalbandian six times, but Nalbandian kept breaking back and Tim had to fight to take that set.

Tim kept his intensity fairly high, but his first serve percentage took a dive and aces were few and far between. That said Nalbandian doesn’t have a strong serve either, and Tim took advantage of that. At times Tim seemed to lose focus a little, but just when things looked a bit iffy, he found that extra energy to put one past Nalbandian.

In the end, the score was 6-2 6-7 7-5 6-3, with the crowd and, I suspect, most of the UK screaming in jubilation.

I have to admit, actually, I couldn’t sit down through most of this match. It was such a nail-biter, so intense. I was trying to cook dinner at the same time (which is bloody difficult! I’m surprised it didn’t burn!), so I was on my feet all the time. I never, ever vocalise at the TV, but I just couldn’t help myself – my neighbours must have wondered what the hell was going on, there were so many yells of ?Yes! Yes! Come on! Come on Tim!! Yes! Ooooh? Focus! Just focus! Come on – an ace! An ace’d be really good now!?.

Fflwff was looking at me, really quite concerned at this uncharacteristic outburst.

In other Wimbledon news, Agassi’s out, and so’s Srichaphan. Tim’s next opponent will be either Grosjean or Ferrero – they didn’t get to finish their match, so will have to play tomorrow. That’s good for Tim – he’ll have a day off, his next opponent won’t. At the moment Ferrero’s leading, but that could all change.

Roll on Wednesday.

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