Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fear Not a Factor as Henman Faces His Nemeses

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fear Not a Factor as Henman Faces His Nemeses

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TIM HENMAN must feel like taking a banning order out against Dmitry Tursunov, who has been stalking him at the world's biggest tennis tournaments. It is an all too familiar scenario at Grand Slam events for the British No3. He walks on to court and there waiting on the other side of the net is the world No33 armed with a fearsome serve and punishing ground strokes.

Tursunov accounted for Henman at Wimbledon last year, the Australian Open and most recently, the French Open in Paris.

Now, with Henman enjoying himself at the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's this week, along comes that Russian again.

The pair will face each other in today's quarterfinal with Henman determined to finally take charge of a situation that is now getting out of hand.

With Tursunov holding a 3-0 record in head-to-heads, a Henman win would be a huge boost and also put the world No76 into another semi-final at Queen's.

Looking ahead to the match, an indication of how well Henman is doing will be his body language and how much he involves the centre court crowd.

So far in this tournament, Henman hasn't needed to pump his fist and look for a lift from the the stands.

That demonstrates just how well he has controlled himself in the three matches that have brought him to this

stage. Henman said: "It's easy to be relaxed when you're playing well and making life straightforward for yourself.

"People talk about my demeanour on the court and it wasn't so long ago that a lot of people were saying I must use the crowd and get them fired up.

How many times have I shown any emotion so far this week?

"I think I had a small sort of fist pump when I broke to go 5-2 up in the second set yesterday and that's it! For me, it's about finding the right balance and there will be times when I will need a little bit more from the crowd or get myself fired up.

"I think I have a good chance of beating Tursunov, but if I play well and lose, then I will shake his hand and say: Too good'. …

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