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This match is fourth on centre court tomorrow with matches starting at 11am local time.

-- Edited by imoen at 21:37, 2006-10-16

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imoen wrote:


This match is fourth on centre court tomorrow with matches starting at 11am local time.

-- Edited by imoen at 21:37, 2006-10-16



BBC intimates a 3.00pm start for Tim

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They've never played before.

Ferrer has been out of form indoors, losing inn Stockholm rd2 to Lopez last week and in rd1 of Metz to Gicquel the week before.

He had a successful summer, beating Gonzo on the way to rd4 of Wimbledon, winning ATP Stuttgart and reaching the quarters of Cincinatti. He made rd3 of the US Open before losing in 4 sets to Youhzny.

Also, he made the semis of Miami, quarters of Monte Carlo and Hamburg and rd3 of RG.

He's played Murray twice, winning on clay and losing in straights in Toronto.

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Tim's playing now: Serving first, at Ad on the second Deuce I've seen.....

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LTA preview: Henman has never previously faced 24-year-old Ferrer although they practised together just a couple of days ago. The Valencia-based right-hander has not exactly been on top form of late, losing last week in Stockholm’s second round to compatriot Feliciano Lopez and a week earlier falling at the initial stage in Metz to Frenchman Marc Gicquel.

But Henman is expecting a more testing match. “I'd like to play like I did tonight, keeping being aggressive, taking time away from the opponent and serving as consistently as I did. I think if you give Ferrer time, he's so strong with his groundstrokes and he moves better than Verdasco.

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And he takes it 1-0* Tim

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Tim survived 3 bps to hold in the opening game

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My prediction is Tim in straights, I feel he's a better player than Ferrer indoors and that will tell though it'll be quite close.

Ferrer serving:

15-0

30-0

40-0

40-15

40-30

Deuce

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Deuce 2

Ad Ferrer: ace



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1-1

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Henman 1-1 Ferrer
Ferrer shows Henman how it's done as he beats down first serve after first serve. However, after reaching 40-0 he twice finds the net off Henman returns and the Briton then takes it to deuce courtesy of a net cord. All of a sudden Ferrer is relying on second serves, but two deep passing shots force Henman errors and the Spaniard holds a messy game.

Henman 1-0 Ferrer
An immediate warning for Henman, as he is forced to field three break points in the opening game. Two blistering forehand passes down the line take Ferrer to 40-30, but Henman staves off the break when the Spaniard hits a pass long off the Briton's second serve. After saving another at advantage, Henman finally finds a first serve on his third break point down and eventually sees the game out with two fine approach shots. A crucial hold one feels.

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15-15

30-15



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40-15: 2nd serve ace

Tim holds for 2-1

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Tigger may not be able to buy a 1st serve, but he's found a way to break and now it's 4-1*

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Just came back and found that Tim has broken for 3-1

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Henman 3-1 Ferrer
Ferrer's first serve is called out by umpire Carlos Bernardes, prompting Henman to take a time-out to establish the rules of the 'challenge' system. You'd think he'd know before he stepped on court wouldn't you? Still, he obviously liked what he heard as he takes the game against serve to love. The 'Tiger' advances to the net on every Ferrer serve and the Spaniard struggles to cope, earning the Briton an early break.

Henman 2-1 Ferrer
Against Verdasco on Monday, Henman's serve was at its best. Here, he can barely buy a first serve and, as a result, Ferrer is able to dominate points. Still, a second-serve ace takes him to 40-15 and, not for the first time, Ferrer sends a return long to keep the tie on serve.

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