This Date in Wimbledon History: June 28
Every morning during Wimbledon, we'll take a look back at a memorable match that occurred on that calendar day at the All England Club.
June 28, 2007: Feliciano Lopez d. Tim Henman
Second round; 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 2-6, 6-1
Inhabitants of Henman Hill rose with the Brit's rally from a two-set deficit, but felt the deflation as Feliciano Lopez won the fifth set to end Henman's 14-year Wimbledon career. Though Henman said immediately after the match that he planned to return, it ultimately marked the end of an era for the four-time Wimbledon semifinalist.
"It's like this is my home tournament and I'm very, very fortunate with that," Henman said. "I've played the vast majority of my matches on the show courts. It's incredible. There's no doubt that that has a part to play in me wanting to be out there and really cherish those moments because they're very, very special. You know, even today, down two sets to love, there was a lot of self-belief. But I still think there's a fair amount of belief in the stadium, and that helps to be able to turn situations around."
Henman, who outdueled another Spaniard, 22nd-ranked Carlos Moya, 13-11 in the fifth set of his opening-round win, ran out of answers against the 78th-ranked Lopez in a match in which each man won exactly 153 points.
"I feel sorry for [the fans] because they love Tim and they support him a lot. But when you go out there you want to win, no?" Lopez said. "Of course is very disappointing for him to lose in Wimbledon, even more with 15,000 people supporting you, must be very disappointed."
June 25: Craybas stuns Serena (2005)
June 26: Rusedski falls to World's Biggest Loser (2000)
June 27: Zheng slays No. 1, reaches milestone (2008)
June 28: Henman's last hurrah (2007)
June 29: British Invasion: Wade beats Evert (1977)
June 30: Bjorn, Vitas collaborate on a classic (1977)
July 1: Tarango walks out (1995)
July 2: Borg fends off Connors in fifth set (1977)
July 3: Sharapova becomes a star (2004)
July 4: McEnroe finally beats Borg (1981)
July 5: Venus defeats, then defeats with, Serena (2008)
July 6: Rafter catches Agassi at the end (2001)
July 7: Becker becomes youngest champion (1985)
July 8: Mauresmo denies Henin Wimbledon (2006)