Henman more popular than Beckham

Tim Henman is more popular than David Beckhan - at least if recent television ratings are anything to go by.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Wimbledon:Tim Henman is more popular than David Beckhan - at least if recent television ratings are anything to go by. Henman's fourth round win over David Nalbandian of Argentina attracted an audience of 12.7 million, compared to 12.3 million for Manchester United's Champions League encounter with Real Madrid in April and 12.2 million for England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey. Relax, Tim The tenth seed Henman's coach Larry Stefanki says the 28-year-old will boost his chances of landing the title if he keeps cool through the final stretch. "I keep telling him 'relax, let it happen'," says Stefanki. Lindsay faces up to op Lindsay Davenport says she will have to face up to the likelihood of surgery on a trapped foot nerve which has hampered her in recent months. After losing in three sets to Venus Williams in the quarter-finals, Davenport, the 1999 champion, hinted she may not return to Wimbledon and said dealing with the neuroma injury was her first priority. "I'll have to have it or else I'll not be able to walk again once it comes back. I can walk - but it's really painful," she said. Seeds in bloom The top seeds are in bloom at Wimbledon, with all of the top four having reached the women's semi-finals for the ninth time in the Open Era, but the first since 1995. Serena and Venus Williams, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters are also the top four players in the WTA rankings and their progress marks the first time this leading quartet have made the semis of a women's event since Wimbledon 1992. On that occasion, the four were Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini and Martina Navratilova. Ferrero extends Spanish drought Spanish star Juan Carlos Ferrero extended a Spanish drought at Wimbledon when he crashed out to Sebastien Grosjean of France. The French Open champion's loss means the last Spanish man to lift the trophy here remains Manuel Santana in 1966. Conchita Martinez won the women's crown in 1994. (PTI)

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