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Wednesday, 4 July, 2001, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Federer
Relive the action, game-by-game, as Britain's Tim Henman beats Switzerland's Roger Federer to reach the semi-final at Wimbledon.
Federer opens with a serve down the line which Henman can only put into the net. With the next point, Henman throws down a backhand crosscourt which Federer cannot dig out. The Englishman follows that with another pass. Henman nets his next return. But an errant forehand from Federer gives Henman an early break-point.
Henman fails to get purchase on his return and there is an easy put away for the Swiss teenager. Confident serving and volleying enable Federer to take the game.
Federer shows his talent by passing Henman on the first point of the game. Henman gets back to 15-15 before the first major point of the game, which sees both players come to the net, before Federer's volley pass attempt is called out.
Henman is still finding his range with the serve and unusually, a stray volley brings the game to 30-30. An ace gives him game point, and a Federer backhand into the net restores parity.
Federer serves wide to the Henman forehand on three occasions and the tactic pays off each time, but the sixth seed still takes the game to deuce. Henman gets another break-point which he converts when Federer nets a backhand half-volley.
Federer is struggling to get anything on the Henman first serve. Although he produces one notable forehand crosscourt pass, the Swiss star fails to get the vital break back as Henman continues to volley confidently.
A more confident service game from Federer, which he wins to love with some better serving. Henman has one chance with a backhand which is just wide.
The key to victory for Henman is his first serve - Federer can return the second serve easily but cannot read the first. One delicate drop volley is proof of Henman's confidence.
The first lengthy baseline rally of the match is surprisingly won by Henman. The Englishman asks the umpire whether he can slow down the Federer pace between points. The umpire says that he will judge that, but the Swiss star holds his serve to 30.
Henman once again shows exquisite touch at the net with a half-volley which drops just over the net. Federer gets break-point with a forehand pass but a super Henman serve saves the day. Federer gets a second chance which he takes with another backhand winner.
For whatever reason, Henman's early dominance and confidence are no longer as apparent. Federer races to 40-0 and holds comfortably.
Federer continues to look dangerous but Henman now understands that he has to try and read his opponent's returns. That strategy takes him to 40-0 and despite some uncomfortable moments, he holds his serve.
Two sensational returns take Henman to 30-0 up. Federer brings it back to 30-30 with good serving but a Henman lob brings break-point. His return on that point just bounces out. Another break-point is converted after a wild Federer forehand.
The first point is Henman's after an inaccurate lob from Federer. The second goes his way after a quality overhead smash. A Federer backhand into the net brings three set points, the first of which is converted after an excellent serve.
At 30-30, Henman has a chance for a swift break but he fails to take advantage as Federer holds his nerve and serve.
Quality serving from Henman gets him to 40-15, as his percentage of first serves in rises to above 60. He finishes the game with a classic backhand volley.
Henman once again shows his prowess with the lob, but Federer's superior volleying wins this particular game.
The Henman serve is starting to dominate, as it can on occasion. He gets through another service game without losing a point.
Henman gets to 30-0 up before Federer puts the pressure on and wins the next two points. Henman forces a deuce but is long with a backhand return and then into the net with his next attempt.
Henman's first serve continues to be potent and varied. It means that after going 15-0 down, the Englishman wins the next four points and the game.
Federer is matching Henman for serving power, although his accuracy is perhaps not as impressive - nonetheless, this is a love game to the Swiss teenager.
Federer looks intent on making his move here - getting to 15-30 after some spectacular returns. But Henman responds with a serve into the body which gets him level and then a backhand volley winner. An ace finishes the game.
Henman is still not happy at the speed with which Federer wants to play at. A tense game ends when the sixth seed cannot get a backhand over the net at 40-30.
More strong Henman serving gets him to 40-15. The barrage, which includes his third ace of the match, is enough to equal the set.
Henman adopts an aggressive approach at the start of the game and with the score at 30-30, both players must remain composed. A couple of Federer aces show just how cool he is.
Federer tries to put Henman under pressure in this crucial game. He wins a dramatc first point with a drop volley. The Englishman responds with four heavy serves to force a tie-break.
Henman saves three set points before turning the screw on his opponent to double his advantage with a show of determination and guts. The set ends when Federer pulls a forehand wide.
Henman is showing no mercy on his opponent and races to 40-0. The game is his when Federer plays a backhand into the net.
Federer has lost none of the bite in his serve and wins the game to 15.
Two errant Henman volleys put the pressure on the server. Henman responds brilliantly with a second serve ace and another strong serve. But Federer gets a break-point after a strong backhand. The Swiss teenager does not have to fight for it - Henman duble-faults.
Henman seems to have had one of those lapses in concentration which have plagued him throughout his career. He fails to put Federer under enough pressure during this game.
The Henman serve has lost some of its fluidity and is allowing Federer to mount a comeback. The Swiss teenager gets to 15-40 as Henman looks weary and slightly perplexed. A forehand pass ends the game
It must be pointed out that Federer is playing very good tennis, considering his predicament of being two sets down. The Swiss star wins the game to 15.
Henman ends a run of five straight games to his opponent with a love game.
The match has been going for two hours, with Federer in position to win the set. Henman draws a roar from the crowd by getting to 30-30. A Federer backhand down the line brings set point. A strong serve ends the set.
Henman is desperately trying to get hinself back to the level which he had in the first two sets. He wins the game to love.
Two confident Henman passes take the score to 30-30. At 40-30, Federer misses the easiest of volleys. But he rides the mini crisis to hold his serve.
Some signs that the Henman of the first two sets is returning with some better volleying - but the first serve is still not as it was.
A chance for Henman at 30-15 up. Federer produces a strong serve and volley to get back to 30-30. But a great point from the Englishman brings him a break-point. Federer is long with a forehand to put his opponent into the driving seat.
Henman needs to find his first serve consistency again. Two double-faults at 15-15 puts him under pressure. He saves the first break-point with some terrific volleying. The second is saved with an exceptionally deep second serve. Henman saves another two break-points. Henman puts away his first game-point with a terrific smash.
Federer takes an extended injury-break for massage on his left thigh, the same problem that troubled him during his win over Pete Sampras.
Henman is looking the stronger player and out-duels Federer in a baseline rally. A wild forehand from the teenager gives Henman double break-point. But Federer saves both with some courage. Like Henman, Federer saves two more break-points and wins the game.
A double-fault and a volley into the net put the server under pressure and Federer makes a sensational shot to get three break-points. But Henman saves all three with a mixture of courage, skill and luck. Strong serving sees him move to within a game of the semi-final.
After a surprisingly dour game, Henman has the chance to serve for the place in the last four.
Federer passes Henman to silence the partisan crowd. More searing ground strokes get him to 30-0 up. A top serve from Henman halves the deficit. A backhand into the net from the Swiss player makes it 30-30. But a second serve is too short and Federer passes again. The break is finally his with a crosscourt pass.
Federer plays the game as if it is at the start of the match, not the end. He coasts through with a love game.
Henman is in trouble - 30-0 down and struggling for confidence. But he puts together two good serves to get back to 30-30. An ace gives him a game-point which he converts.
Henman needs two match-points to close the match out and breathes a sigh of relief when a Federer volley is too long.
Henman 7-5 7-6 2-6 7-6 Federer
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