June 14, 2019
Great Britain’s Tim Henman made a good start to his run at the Brodies Tennis Invitational on Friday, defeating Frenchman Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-2 to reach the championship match.
“I was really happy. I think that it’s such a good event here. Brodies does a great job. It gets better and better every year and it’s a really good facility with great crowds,” Henman said. “I think we both felt we had a pretty good match and obviously I’m getting a few years from Henri and making him move a little bit. But I think it was pretty good quality tennis and I’m pleased to get the win.”
One year ago, Henman also advanced to the final at the Gleneagles Hotel, but he ultimately fell short against Aussie Mark Philippoussis. After defeating Leconte, he did not hide his desire for who he wanted to face for the trophy.
“I definitely want Enqvist because Ferrero is a much better player,” Henman said, cracking a laugh. “Whoever I play, I’m going to be the underdog.”
Unfortunately for Henman, he did not get his wish. Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated 19-time ATP Tour titlist Thomas Enqvist 7-6(3), 6-4.
“It went well. I think I felt good on the court. Good conditions, the court is good. The court is a bit fast for me, but I enjoyed it,” said Ferrero, who used his speed to make the big-serving Enqvist have to hit extra balls to win points. “I think Thomas is in good shape. He still has a very good serve and good skills from the baseline. I think we played a really good match and the most important thing is the people enjoyed it as much as we did, so everyone is happy.”
Ferrero won two of his three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Henman. And although he understands Henman will be the crowd favourite, that does not bother him at all.
“I’ve played many times with these kinds of situations, but we’re going to make it fun for the people watching,” Ferrero said. “Of course Tim is going to come to the net all the time and he’s going to serve aces, which is good for him. But I think I’m still fast enough to return and do some passing shots, so I will try my best and we will see what happens.”