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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 November, 2003, 13:54 GMT
Henman clinches Paris Masters
Game-by-game analysis as Britain's Tim Henman wins his first Masters Series title with a straight sets win over Andrei Pavel of Romania.

Final score: Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2) Pavel


Third set:

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2) Pavel
Henman clinches his first Masters Series trophy, and his biggest title yet, after playing a masterful tiebreak. The 29-year-old takes the wind out of his opponent's sails by grabbing an early mini-break with a forehand pass. That is the cue for him to rediscover the form which took him to wins over Andy Roddick and Roger Federer and he finishes it off with an unreturnable serve.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 Pavel
Pavel keeps his nerve to take the set into a tiebreak, with the Romanian playing slightly the better tennis at the moment.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-5 Pavel
Henman cannot make it a hat-trick of love service games, throwing in a fourth double fault at 15-0. Pavel cracks a backhand winner to make it 40-30 but Henman pounds down a first serve and follows it up with a wrong-footing forehand to clinch the game.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 5-5 Pavel
Pavel is not about to hand the trophy to Henman and does not allow his opponent a point.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 5-4 Pavel
The set looks to be heading for a tiebreak, with neither player able to pressurise the other's serve. Henman holds to love for the second time in a row.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 4-4 Pavel
Pavel is about to reply to Henman's love game with one of his own when he plants a volley into the net. He cries out in frustration but he takes the game on the next point.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 4-3 Pavel
Henman varies his serve to keep Pavel guessing and is rewarded with a love service game.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 3-3 Pavel
Henman shows some nice touches around the net but it isn't enough to get the break, and Pavel's serve holds firm.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 3-2 Pavel
Henman eases his way through a routine service game, but can he make the vital breakthrough?

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 2-2 Pavel
Pavel looks to be cruising at 40-0 but he allows Henman to recover to deuce. The Romanian responds with two aces to get himself out of trouble.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 2-1 Pavel
Henman delivers a series of first serves to keep Pavel on the back foot, the Briton holding to love.

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 1-1 Pavel
Pavel has no problems holding his serve, with Henman still struggling to rediscover his form

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 1-0 Pavel
Another double fault sees Henman go down 0-15 and he soon faces a break point. Pavel cannot take it, but Henman needs to find the fluency of the first set if he is not to face another tense set.


Second set:

Henman 6-2 7-6 (8-6) Pavel
Henman takes his tiebreak record for the week to 4-0. He appears to be cruising through the breaker at 5-2 and then 6-4, but he chooses his first set point to deliver his first double fault of the match and misses with a return to concede the second. After a thrilling exchange at the net, Henman is slightly fortunate to get another opportunity and Pavel cannot get himself out of trouble again.

Henman 6-2 6-6 Pavel
Pavel has found another level, while Henman is rocking. The Briton needs an inspired backhand, followed by a forehand pass, to get out of trouble at 30-30.

Henman 6-2 5-6 Pavel
Henman's form has dropped dramatically, while Pavel is on the up. The Romanian seals a love service game wth an ace.

Henman 6-2 5-5 Pavel
The Paris crowd roar Pavel on as he earns a break-back point, with Henman's nerves apparently getting the better of him. Pavel is delighted when Henman fires a forehand wide.

Henman 6-2 5-4 Pavel
A fabulous drop volley from Henman gets him back to 40-30 and there is an audible groan from the crowd when a third double fault from Pavel brings up deuce - but the Romanian delivers two first serves to keep his hopes alive.

Henman 6-2 5-3 Pavel
Three careless shots from Henman allow Pavel back to deuce from 40-0 down. The Romanian earns an unlikely break point but Henman rediscovers his focus and finds a first serve to see off the danger.

Henman 6-2 4-3 Pavel
Henman looks as if he might break again when he moves to 30-30 but Pavel produces some inspired play, including a crosscourt winner on the run, to survive once more.

Henman 6-2 4-2 Pavel
Henman races through a love service game, finishing it with a kicking second serve which baffles Pavel.

Henman 6-2 3-2 Pavel
Pavel plays his best shot of the day, a delicate drop volley off a fierce Henman forehand, and he stays in touch.

Henman 6-2 3-1 Pavel
Pavel continues to hit freely and finds himself with a 0-30 lead, but Henman firmly shuts the door with some well-directed serves.

Henman 6-2 2-1 Pavel
Pavel hits a series of venomous shots, perhaps a result of his frustration, and he gets the backing of a sympathetic crowd as he holds to love.

Henman 6-2 2-0 Pavel
Pavel is looking like a beaten man already. Henman digs out an excellent return from the Romanian and flicks it crosscourt for a winner on the way to an easy hold.

Henman 6-2 1-0 Pavel
Henman cannot miss and even a framed return, which Pavel leaves, drops in. Henman earns another break point with a chip-charge to the net. The Romanian saves it but Henman engineers another with a fizzing forehand pass. This time he takes it with a dipping return.


First set:

Henman 6-2 Pavel
Pavel gives himself a lift with a sizzling return to win the first point but Henman is soon back on top with two body serves. He takes the set comfortably and it is difficult to see Pavel finding a way back into the match with Henman in this form.

Henman 5-2 Pavel
Henman has hardly made an error since the opening game and he engineeers two more break points with some fierce hitting from the baseline. Pavel responds to the pressure with a double fault to go a double break down.

Henman 4-2 Pavel
Henman's forehand is in fine form and a series of winners off that wing allow the British number one to hold to love.

Henman 3-2 Pavel
Pavel opens with a double fault, and a well-struck passing shot gives Henman 0-30. Pavel nets a relatively simple backhand and Henman seals the break by slicing a backhand past the net-rushing Romanian.

Henman 2-2 Pavel
Henman has Pavel on the run from the back of the court, which could spell danger for the Romanian after admitting he was tired following yesterday's semi-final. Henman holds to 15.

Henman 1-2 Pavel
Henman takes a mishit backhand from Pavel out of the air and whips it crosscourt. He follows it with some sharp volleying to move to 15-30 but he cannot keep up the good work and some wayward returns allow Pavel to hold.

Henman 1-1 Pavel
Henman's serve is firing already and a couple of routine forehand winners settle the nerves.

Henman 0-1 Pavel
Pavel is off to a strong start in his first service game as Henman struggles to find the range on his returns.




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