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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 August, 2004, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Novak
Result: Henman 3-6 3-6 Novak

All the action as Great Britain's Tim Henman loses to Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic in the first round of the Olympics men's singles tournament in Athens.


Second set

Henman 3-6 3-6 Novak
Another shaky service game from Henman and he goes 0-40 and three match points down. Henman saves one but on the next point, Novak moves into the net for the kill and volleys a winner to secure victory.

Henman 3-6 3-5 Novak
Novak has to battle hard but holds on to his serve. Henman must now serve to stay in the tournament.

Henman 3-6 3-4 Novak
A lovely volley from Henman reminds the crowd of what he is capable of. Novak misses a good passing opportunity at 30-30 and Henman comes up with a second-serve ace at deuce and follows up with a winning forehand to secure the game. Henman pumps his fist in determination - can he force his way back into the match?

Henman 3-6 2-4 Novak
Novak moves another step closer to victory by holding serve. Time is running out for Henman.

Henman 3-6 2-3 Novak
At last, Henman gives the British fans among the sparse crowd something to cheer about with a comfortable service game, holding to love.

Henman 3-6 1-3 Novak
Henman's hopes of an immediate break-back are dashed by Novak, who remains solid on his serve to strengthen his grip on the match.

Henman 3-6 1-2 Novak
Novak is coping better with the wind than Henman and the Czech throws up a lob which the Briton dumps into the net, leaving him under pressure on his serve once again. Novak lets rip a forehand pass crosscourt to earn two more break points. Another weak backhand into the net and Henman finds himself a set and a break down.

Henman 3-6 1-1 Novak
Henman battles back from 40-15 down to deuce but two unforced errors from the Oxfordshire man's racquet allow Novak to level matters in the set.

Henman 3-6 1-0 Novak
Henman could do with a clean service game to re-establish his confidence. He gets to 40-0 but is pegged back to 40-30 before coming up with a nifty backhand volley off his feet to clinch the game.


First set

Henman 3-6 0-0 Novak
Novak lashes down a fierce serve to give himself two set points. A limp forehand into the net sees the first go begging but a whipped forehand secures the first set for the Czech player.

Henman 3-5 Novak
Once again, the momentum of the match takes a violent swing. Novak unleashes a forehand passing winner on the run and Henman then double-faults to go 15-40 down. The Briton saves the first but then double-faults again to hand his opponent the break.

Henman 3-4 Novak
Suddenly Novak's level drops and a lunge volley followed by a winning service return from Henman gives him two break points and gets the Briton pumping his fist. Novak double-faults and suddenly Henman is back in the set.

Henman 2-4 Novak
Novak lets a couple of chances slip and Henman gets to 40-15. But his game is still not fluent and yet again he finds himself break point down. But the British number one serves his first ace of the match to extricate himself from danger and finally manages to hold his serve.

Henman 1-4 Novak
Some agile net-play from Novak brings the sparse crowd to life. The Czech then comes up with a superb crosscourt backhand winner to hold comfortably.

Henman 1-3 Novak
Henman appears to be struggling to find his rhythm in the blustery conditions and a floated backhand lands wide, giving Novak two more break points. The Briton then dollops another backhand wide - this time on the other side - to concede his serve again.

Henman 1-2 Novak
Novak becomes the first man to hold serve after Henman chops an attempted stop-volley wide.

Henman 1-1 Novak
A couple of tentative serves from Henman see the Briton go 0-40 down. He then hits a forehand wide to hand back the early initiative he had seized from the Czech player.

Henman 1-0 Novak
Novak serves first and a double fault brings up two break opportunities for Henman. Novak goes wide on the first allowing Henman to make an early breakthrough.





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