Marin Cilic wants to be known as more than just the man who lost to Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2017
Cilic beat Sam Querrey in four sets in the semi-final to reach his second Grand Slam final, having won the US Open in 2014.
And Henman, a four-time semi-finalist at Wimbledon, reckons that his experience of three years ago will help the Croatian against the seven-time champion.
“Federer is the favourite but Cilic definitely has a chance,” Henman told the BBC.
“To put it into context, I would say if they played 10 times I think Cilic could win twice – well, maybe two and a half times.
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“He came very close to beating Federer here last year – and he should have won that match.
“Cilic did beat him at the US Open, on his way to winning that title in 2014, and I think it is also in his favour that he has been in a Grand Slam final before.
“If it was his first Slam final I think that would be an even bigger occasion for him to deal with mentally.
“Yes, it is his first final at Wimbledon, and Roger has been there 10 times before, but Cilic has plenty of experience.
Roger Federer is a strong favourite to beat Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon 2017 final
“He will know the crowd will be behind Federer but that won't worry him, and he is a very dangerous player.”
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Federer is playing his 11th Wimbledon final and aiming to claim his eighth title.
He has yet to drop a set at this year’s Championships while Cilic was taken to five by Gilles Muller and had to come from 1-0 down against Querrey.
It means the Croatian has spent four-and-a-half hours more on court than Federer over the fortnight but Henman does not think it will hinder the 28-year-old.
“I don't think fatigue will make a difference here,” Henman added.
“When you take into account that it is the final and the adrenalin rush that Cilic will get from being in such a huge match, I don't see him being tired.
“I think who wins is going to boil down more to who is going really dominate with their serve and attacking baseline play.
“If Cilic is going to have a chance, I think that is where he really needs to be super-aggressive from the back of the court and try to take Federer's time away to stop him dictating points.”