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Sunday, 22 September, 2002, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Awesome Henman seals win
Tim Henman beats Paradorn Srichaphan
Henman showed no signs of strain
Tim Henman shrugged off a shoulder injury to give Great Britain the point they needed to return to the elite division of the Davis Cup.

There had been serious doubts as to whether Henman would even be able to start the match against Thailand's number one Paradorn Srichaphan having already played twice in two days.

But Henman showed no signs of discomfort as he brushed aside the fast improving Srichaphan 6-3 6-2 6-3.

"If only I'd been fit," he joked after the win.


This morning I was still not quite sure, but it was worth one last big effort
Tim Henman

Henman admitted that the original plan had been for Henman to play just the first two days, but that he felt strong enough to make the third match a risk worth taking.

"To come out and play as well as I did today is a nice way to finish it off," added Henman.

"I think it certainly puts my mind to rest. The shoulder is feeling a lot better.

"This morning I was still not quite sure, but it was worth one last big effort and the chance to play in this atmosphere, well, I didn't want to turn it down."

The only moments of doubt came when Srichaphan broke to lead 2-1 in the third set.

But Henman broke right back, and a second straight break put the match beyond doubt.

Henman laid the foundations of victory by breaking Srichaphan in only the third game of the match.

That put him in the driving seat, and he clinched the first set 6-3 by breaking the Thai for a second time.

It was a similar story in the second set, as Henman broke Srichaphan for a 2-0 lead, and then broke again to close the set out 6-2.

Despite losing his serve for the only time at the start of the third set, Henman took the third set 6-3 and threw his racket into the crowd as he celebrated a fine victory.

Arvind Parmar played the final dead rubber, but even his defeat to Danai Udomchoke could not dampen the spirits of the British team.

"We are where we belong," Henman said acknowledging Britain's return to the elite stage of Davis Cup tennis.

"It was a rough weekend for a bit and one we could not afford to lose and now to have the win is pretty satisfying."

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BBC Five Live's Iain Carter
"A brilliant display by Henman"
Britain's Tim Henman
"It's been a tough weekend"
British captain Roger Taylor
"It was just sensational"
Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan
"I knew it wouldn't be easy to beat him"

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