30/06/2004

Tiger Tim 'disappointed' at Wimbledon loss

Tim Henman will have to wait another year to realise his dreams of Wimbledon glory after he was unceremoniously dumped out of today's quarter-finals by unseeded Croat Mario Ancic.

Henman said afterwards that his 7-6 6-4 6-2 straight sets defeat was a "massive disappointment".

The British number 1 said that the first set of the match, which was been tight, had been crucial as the 20-year-old Ancic gained in confidence throughout his 2 hours 12 minutes on Centre Court.

Henman added: "In the second and third sets my level went down and there's no question the better player won on the day."

Tim began well and only some desperate antics from Ancic managed to force the set into a tie-break. However, Henman quickly slipped to 6-3 deficit and saw his grip on the set lost following a rash forehand.

Ancic went 3-2 up in the second with a break, as Henman and the crowd became increasingly uneasy.

Regular service was momentarily restored as the Centre Court crowd cheered Tim on to a rare service break, but this resurgence was halted immediately with a follow up love service game from Ancic.

As Henman entered the third set, the writing was on the wall, and Ancic maintained the pressure on Henman with some fine serve-volleying to see the game out.

Afterwards the Croatian was gracious in victory, saying he felt "a little bit lucky" to clinch the first set.

Sebastien Grosjean came through his quarter-final match up against the unseeded German Florian Meyer.

(gmcg)

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