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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 20:32 GMT 21:32 UK
BBC pundits on Henman
John McEnroe
By John McEnroe
BBC Sport tennis pundit

After Tim Henman's straight-sets defeat to Roger Federer, I don't think he should despair.

He certainly could do better. He could get a better draw, but he has got to take a long look at things now.

I suspect he will come back to Wimbledon for at least one or two more years.

Tim Henman
As your body ages, recovery time is not what it was and you are not as quick as you were.

You need to be able to recover from a five-set match in less than 24 hours and you have got to make some very quick decisions.

That is just Father Time - nothing can be done about that.

You can try to get a little bit stronger, but Henman has done that.

Tim may be convinced he needs to become more of a baseline player.

But from my own experience, I'm not sure about that.

I felt the need to change my game towards the end by adding more power - and I think that was a mistake.

You have got to do what you do best - in his case, serve-volleying.

If you then get out-classed by an opponent, you have got to accept it.

Boris Becker
By Boris Becker
BBC Sport tennis pundit

The question Tim must ask himself is how long he wants to do this to himself.

The trouble he has is that he might not be seeded - and that means he's always likely to get someone like Federer early on in the fortnight.

Tim has been such a big part of this tournament over the past 10 years - it's not good to see a man like him losing as early as the second round.

I just hope he has enough determination and encouragement from those around him to come back.

Pat Cash
By Pat Cash
BBC Sport tennis pundit

Let's face it - Tim's ranking is sliding down. He's also not playing the game he wants to play.

He's the best volleyer in the world, but he feels that he can't get to the net - because the courts are so slower, the balls are heavier or whatever.

But from the back of the court, Federer cannot be matched on grass.

Even on clay, there's only one man who can beat him from there, and that's Rafael Nadal.

So Tim might as well have a go and come in to the net.

Don't forget that Federer played fantastic tennis.

If Tim had lost to the number eight seed like that, you'd have a good think about whether to carry on - but you have to remember who he lost to.

For me, it's all about whether he has the motivation to get his ranking back up.

He has a lovely wife and kids at home - does he want to keep putting himself through it?

McEnroe, Becker and Cash were speaking on BBC TV's Wimbledon coverage.



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