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On clay, serve and volley is no folly

May 26, 2008

Tim Henman (Great Britain)

French Open record: 16-12
Best Result: SF (2004)

You may argue why Tim Henman is in this list.

Bopanna Blog: Looking forward to French Open

But for someone who was always expected to win the Wimbledon, and never managed to go beyond the semi-finals, reaching the last four stages at Paris, where he was least expected to, was certainly special.

More so, if you consider that he had not made beyond the fourth round at any other event besides Wimbledon (till then), and had never advanced to the second week in Paris. Henman's moment of glory came in 2004, almost the twilight of his career.

The Briton, returning to the site of his biggest career win (the Paris Masters) survived some real tough matches to reach the semi-finals against the tournament favourite, Guillermo Coria.

He pulverized the Argentine in the opening two sets and an upset was in the cards. But Coria pulled through eventually.

But by then Henman had given his fans many moments to remember, besides Wimbledon, that is.

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