Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to wb97_henman_krajicek

  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 46-41, 40-43, 34-34, 32-24 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    42 % Henman – 60 of 142
    38 % Krajicek – 59 of 152

    The first of their four very tight meetings. It was played on Centre Court in a span of two days. On day one (finished at 20:39 pm), there were three tie-break sets (9/7, 7/9, 7/5). In the first one, Henman [20] needed five set points (he led 6:3* and 7:6). In the 2nd set the defending champion Krajicek [5] had a double set point at 5:4, then in the tie-break he was 6:7* (after blowing another double set point) when he played two fantastic forehand returns in a row, and finished the set with an ace (his 15th). He led 3:1* in the 3rd set after four consecutive aces, but was broken in his next service game. In the third tie-break only one mini-break separated them when the Brit made a winning backhand pass down the line to lead 4:2. The following day, after the resumption he obtained the crucial break at 2-all at ‘love’ (Krajicek terribly played his volleys) – one of his three games in that set when he didn’t lose a point. Henman’s advancement to the quarterfinals, meant the first time two British guys were supposed to play at Wimbledon in the last eight since Mike Sangster and Bobby Wilson in 1961.

Leave a Reply