GAELMONFILS has been tipped as a future GrandSlam title winner but he could suffer a disappointing start to his 2006 campaign by losing to Tomas Zib
in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha.
In fact it was Zib
who had all the problems, injured when a Henman volley struck him in the groin.
Henman will now take on world No 157 Zib
, from the Czech Republic.
Haas defeated Zib
in the Davis Cup in four sets just 16 days ago, but the first two sets of that clash were fiercely contested and at 7-2 it's worth chancing that the Czech can turn the tables.
With Henman, of course, it never does to look too far ahead but this second round triumph was such an improvement on the uncertain manner in which he struggled to dispose of Zib
that there was good cause for the cheers which reverberated around Centre Court.
Typically,he then went and lost his first service game of the second set and we wondered if the trademark lapses of concentration which had marred his unimpressive first round triumph over Zib
I got into a bit of a rut on my second serve against Zib
but I'm feeling good.
The British No 1 received the inevitable rapturous encouragement from the Court One fans and the thousands on the famous Wimbledon Hill as he edged past lucky-loser Tomas Zib
of the Czech Republic in four sets in the first round.
IVO KARLOVIC has little to offer apart from a massive serve and it could pay to sell the Croatian's game supremacy over Tomas Zib
in today's thirdround clash at the Queen's Club, writes James Pyman.
When he struggled to dispose of lowly Czech Tomas Zib
in four sets.
Henman claims to win more than his fair share of matches on the green baize but if he is to raise the nation's expectation level on the green grass of SW19he knows he must step up his aggression from the pallid performance he produced when struggling to dispose of lucky-loser Tomas Zib
in four sets in the first round.
Henman knows he must improve on the pallid performance he produced in his four sets against Tomas Zib
in the first round.