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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 January, 2004, 10:00 GMT
Game-by-game: Henman v Canas
All the action as it happened from Melbourne as Britain's Tim Henman faced unseeded Argentine Guillermo Canas in the third round of the Australian Open.

Result: Henman 7-6 7-5 6-7 5-7 7-9 Canas



Fifth set

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 7-9 Canas
Henman survives two match-points at 40-15 with some bold play, and has the chance to break when Canas double-faults. But the Argentine finds the first serves when he needs them and seals the win with a brilliant passing shot.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 7-8 Canas
Henman throws away a 40-15 lead and Canas earns a break-point as the Briton angles a volley into the tramlines. With the pressure on, Henman fires a second double-fault in the game to hand Canas the break.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 7-7 Canas
A real chance goes begging for Henman as he moves to 0-30 on the Canas serve with some incisive attacking play. But Canas pulls of a brilliant lob and then Henman lets his level slip and the Argentine escapes.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 7-6 Canas
Considering the pressure of the situation both players are producing tennis of the highest quality. Henman again holds handily and Canas must serve to stay in the match once more.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 6-6 Canas
Henman fights back from 40-0 down to 40-30 but fires a forehand long to let Canas level. There is no tie-break in the fifth set.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 6-5 Canas
A fiery game from Henman, who produces tennis of the highest quality to hold to love.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 5-5 Canas
Henman seems happy to slug it out with Canas at the baseline, and the Argentine's consistency on serve helps him hold to 30.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 5-4 Canas
Henman finds the range on his first serve at exactly the right moment and puts the pressure back on Canas.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 4-4 Canas
Canas seals his third straight game when Henman goes wide with a forehand.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 4-3 Canas
Canas hits an inspired passing shot on the run to secure two break points. Incredibly, he runs down what looks like a certain volley winner from Henman to get back into the match once more.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 4-2 Canas
There is almost a Centre Court-like atmosphere inside Margaret Court Arena as British fans pack the stadium. It seems to be inspiring Henman and he battles back to 40-30 from 40-0 down with two fiery winners. However, he is inches wide with a backhand and Canas clings on.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 4-1 Canas
Henman is still making life hard for himself and a woeful volley puts him trouble at 30-30 before a double fault makes it deuce. A sweet combination of groundstrokes sees Henman finally consolidate the break.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 3-1 Canas
Henman suddenly finds himself with three break points and the crowd erupts as he grabs the early advantage.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 2-1 Canas
Henman holds serve and runs to the chair in delight.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 1-1 Canas
Henman's net play gains him a 0-30 advantage, but the errors return and Canas wins the next four points to hold.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 1-0 Canas
More anxious moments for Henman who must save a break point in his opening service game.


Fourth set

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 Canas
Canas' serve is firing on all cylinders and while Henman flashes a backhand down the line, it is a brief show of resistance and the match will be decided by a fifth set.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-6 Canas
Henman bravely saves a break point with a rare second serve ace, despite having to start his action again when a mobile phone goes off. However, he cannot finish off the game and must break the Canas serve to avoid a fifth set.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-5 Canas
Canas does well to steel himself and level the set after some frustrating moments.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 5-4 Canas
Canas is booed by the crowd when he queries a line call, not for the first time in the match. They get behind Henman, who is looking the more likely winner now.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 4-4 Canas
Henman begins to play much more positively and it pays dividends as he reaches break point - prompting him to clench his fist for the first time in a while. Canas saves it, but a mishit return by Henman proves beyond the Argentine and the 11th seed recovers the break.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 3-4 Canas
Henman stays in touch but he looks far from comfortable.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 2-4 Canas
Henman wins the first point of the game, but the errors quickly return and Canas easily holds.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 2-3 Canas
A comfortable hold for Henman, but he needs to step up a gear if he is to avoid a fifth set.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 1-3 Canas
Canas takes advantage of another loose game from his opponent to move close to levelling the match.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 1-2 Canas
Henman holds serve to give his confidence a lift, but it is a struggle for the British number one at the moment.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 0-2 Canas
Henman appears to have lost his focus and is making some disappointing errors as Canas consolidates the break.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 0-1 Canas
Henman digs himself out of trouble from 0-40 down with some devastating serving. However, the effort is wasted when he goes long with a backhand volley and hands Canas a break at the start of the fourth set.


Third set

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) Canas
Henman plays a disastrous tiebreak, and though he saves one set point at 6-2, Canas fires a crosscourt winner to give himself hope.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-6 Canas
Canas moves to within two points of the set with a stunning passing shot, but some desperate volleying from Henman drags him back to 30-30. A first serve into Canas' body forces the tiebreak.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 5-6 Canas
Canas demonstrates incredible fighting spirit to move ahead again.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 5-5 Canas
Henman holds easily as he bids to end the match in three sets.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 4-5 Canas
An exquisite backhand volley gives Henman break point but he goes agonisingly long with a forehand and Canas goes on to survive.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 4-4 Canas
A breathtaking backhand winner down the line seals the service hold for Henman.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 3-4 Canas
Henman wins the best point of the match so far, fetching a lob from behind him, but it is not enough to give him the crucial break.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 3-3 Canas
Henman's prowess at the net is the difference between the two players and he holds to love.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 2-3 Canas
Canas, who has never come from two sets down to win before, moves ahead again as Henman's form drops slightly.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 2-2 Canas
A service winner down the centre gives Henman the game from 30-30.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 1-2 Canas
A rejuvenated Canas holds serve as he looks to find a way back into the match.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 1-1 Canas
Canas proves he still has the fight for the match as he breaks straight back, with some outstanding passing shots that are simply too good for Henman.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 1-0 Canas
Canas seems to have let his head drop a little and Henman secures his second break of the match.


Henman 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 Canas
Henman moves into a deserved two-set lead as he turns the screw on his opponent. Canas has it all to do to get back into the match.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 6-5 Canas
Henman finally secures the break he has been looking for with some delightful shots at the net which leaves Canas desperately chasing down drop-volleys.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 5-5 Canas
Henman holds his nerve to level as his accurate serve gives Canas little chance.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 4-5 Canas
A welcome love game for Canas, as Henman struggles with his returns.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 4-4 Canas
Henman plays a superb backhand past a diving Canas to recover from 0-15 and comes through a difficult game.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 3-4 Canas
Henman has two further chances to break but cannot take advantage as Canas clings on.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 3-3 Canas
Henman holds comfortably to pile the pressure on Canas.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 2-3 Canas
Henman steps up the pace to engineer two break points. Canas makes a rare foray to the net and plays a deft drop volley to save the first. Henman underhits a drop volley on the second and Canas manages to stave off three more before finally holding.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 2-2 Canas
Henman finds himself at deuce for the first time on his serve when he dumps a routine volley into the net. He nets forehands to surrender two game points, but pulls through eventually.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 1-2 Canas
Henman attempts to chip-charge twice but is passed twice and Canas holds.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 1-1 Canas
Henman is still not at his best but it is enough to hold off his opponent at the moment.

Henman 7-6 (7-5) 0-1 Canas
Canas shrugs off the disappointment to hold serve.


First set

Henman 7-6 (7-5) Canas
A double fault puts Henman a mini-break down early on. However, he gets back in touch when his reaction volley is called in - much to Canas' disgust. The Argentine is upset again by another line call and lashes a forehand wide to give Henman set point. Canas goes long with a forehand return and Henman takes the first set.

Henman 6-6 Canas
Canas forces the tiebreak with a love service game.

Henman 6-5 Canas
A first double fault from Henman puts him in danger at 15-30 but Canas cannot take advantage.

Henman 5-5 Canas
Henman makes three more backhand errors to allow Canas to level the set.

Henman 5-4 Canas
An ace finishes off another confident game from Henman, but can he trouble his opponent's serve?

Henman 4-4 Canas
Canas is in trouble at 30-30, but Henman makes an uncharacteristic backhand error and allows the Argentine to recover.

Henman 4-3 Canas
Henman's serve stays solid as the heat soars on Margaret Court Arena.

Henman 3-3 Canas
Despite another failed lob, Canas holds to 15.

Henman 3-2 Canas
Canas persists in trying to lob Henman but as yet with no success, as the Briton moves ahead once more.

Henman 2-2 Canas
Henman briefly threatens to break when he forces deuce with a forehand winner. Canas shuts the door with an ace.

Henman 2-1 Canas
Henman shows off his sharp reflexes at the net much to the delight of the crowd and holds to love.

Henman 1-1 Canas
Henman is unable to find the timing on his returns as Canas holds comfortably.

Henman 1-0 Canas
Canas sends out a warning to Henman with a ripping forehand passing shot, but the Briton holds his opening service game - if a little shakily.





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