Lendl v Henman Today for Final Spot v Sampras?

Posted on March 11, 2011

Ivan Lendl will take on Tim Henman for the first time in their careers in a match that can be watched on a live video stream on Friday, with the winner moving into the final of the BNP Paribas Zurich Open. To find out more about the free, live video stream, click here: http://www.atpchampionstour.com/news152.html

Both Lendl and Henman were victorious on Thursday, with Lendl squeezing past Henri Leconte 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 (Champions' Tie Break) and Henman dismissing Michael Stich 6-3, 6-4. Elsewhere, Mark Philippoussis maintained his 100% record in Group A with a narrow 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 win over Thomas Muster.

It means that the winner of Lendl and Henman will advance to the final from Group A, with Philippoussis, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic all having a shot at the final from Group B. On Friday, Philippoussis will take on Sampras, assuming the American has recovered from the leg injury that forced his retirement against Ivanisevic, while the Croatian will face Muster.

"I have no idea what to expect against Tim tomorrow," said Lendl. "I know he's 14 years younger than I am! I have never played Tim, and I've never seen him play much. I know he moves well, I know he's probably going to come in a bit, I'll figure it out as I go along. My game plan is to win the last point. It's tough to lose when you win the last point."

Philippoussis was pleased to get through a tight match.

"I wanted to play well today and Thomas is pretty serious on the court," he said. "I was a bit disappointed in myself today because I was cruising at 4-2 and was serving with new balls and hit two double faults and a forehand into the net. I was frustrated at myself. There's nothing wrong with losing a match so long as your opponent earns it, and I felt like I gave that first set away."