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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Llodra
Result: Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 9-7 Llodra

All the action as ninth seed Tim Henman beats French wild card Michael Llodra in the fourth round of the French Open.


Fifth set

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 9-7 Llodra
Henman races to 40-0 up and clinches a famous victory at his first opportunity.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 8-7 Llodra
Two superb passes give Henman three break points. Llodra saves the first with a brave winner down the line but on the next point, he forces an error from the Llodra racquet. Henman now has the match in his grasp - but will there be yet another sting in the tail?

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-7 Llodra
The third love service game in a row sees Henman level the match once again.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-7 Llodra

Llodra responds with some quality serving for a love service game of his own - the players have now been on court for four hours. Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-6 Llodra
After the drama of the last game, Henman races through this service game and does not drop a point for the first time in the final set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 5-6 Llodra
Llodra is taken to deuce but avoids danger and holds to put the pressure back on Henman.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 5-5 Llodra
Henman makes life difficult for himself, serving three double faults in a tension-filled game, which last over 10 minutes and is the longest of the match so far. Llodra ekes out a match point but Henman holds firm and comes up with a winning down-the-line pass and finally manages to hold.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 4-5 Llodra
Llodra holds serve and Henman must now hold serve himself to stay in the match.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 4-4 Llodra
The tension is palpable now as Henman holds serve. He is now coming to the net at every opportunity.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 3-4 Llodra
Llodra is really pumped up now and comes back from 15-30 to hold, showing some solid play at the net.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 3-3 Llodra
Henman has a solid service game to level the set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-3 Llodra
The crowd are really getting behind Llodra and the Frenchman punches the air in triumph as he skips to his chair after holding serve.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-2 Llodra
Llodra defends brilliantly to clinch the opening point of the game and Henman suddenly finds himself in danger at 0-30 down. He then pulls a forehand wide and Llodra has two break points. Henman saves the first but then double-faults to hand back his advantage in the match.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-1 Llodra
Llodra is refusing to throw in the towel and still looks to have plenty of energy as he holds serve to love.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-0 Llodra
Despite serving his fourth double fault, Henman holds serve to consolidate his break.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-0 Llodra
Llodra is showing signs of nervous desperation and Henman works his way to 15-40 up. Llodra saves the first break point with a punched backhand volley but Henman attacks the net on the next and forces the error to clinch the break.


Fourth set

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 6-3 0-0 Llodra
The players have now been on court for three hours as Henman goes 40-15 up, giving him two more set points. This time he makes no mistake and the match will go the distance.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 5-3 Llodra
Henman has upped the tempo and earns a set point - but he can't take advantage and will now have to serve out for the set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 5-2 Llodra
Henman consolidates his break by holding serve - he has now won three games in a row.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 4-2 Llodra
Suddenly the match takes on a new complexion as Henman breaks. He sets up the break point by chasing down a dropshot and turning into a winner of his own - and then clinches the break.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 3-2 Llodra
Henman has to pull out all the stops to hold his serve. He saves three break points and manages to keep his nose in front in the third set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 2-2 Llodra
Four cracking first serves give Llodra a love service game, the quickest of the match.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 2-1 Llodra
Henman finds himself 15-30 down but averts the danger by winning the next three points.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 1-1 Llodra
Henman gets to deuce on Llodra's serve but the French left-hander manages to hold.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 1-0 Llodra
Henman starts the fourth set in style - with a love service game.


Third set

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 6-4 0-0 Llodra
Finally Henman makes a breakthrough, earning a set point and then clinching the set by lashing a forehand winner cross-court.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 5-4 Llodra
Henman bangs down his fourth ace as he moves to within a game of the third set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 4-4 Llodra
Henman is unable to exert any pressure on Llodra's serve and the Frenchman holds.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 4-3 Llodra
A lucky netcord for the Frenchman forces Henman into a volley error and gives Llodra break point. Henman saves it after a terrific point with both players finding the lines. He then fluffs a backhand approach to go break point down again. But the Briton battles back to edge ahead in the set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 3-3 Llodra
Henman strikes straight back, racing to 0-40 and immediately cancelling out Llodra's break.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 2-3 Llodra
As the match enters its third hour, Henman's problems mount further. A great return of serve sets up a break point for Llodra - and he follows it up with another fierce return to force an error from Henman and earn the first break of the third set.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 2-2 Llodra
For the first time in a few games, Llodra enjoys a comfortable hold, dropping just one point.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 2-1 Llodra
Henman holds serve comfortably - now he must try once again to make in-roads into the Frenchman's serve.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 1-1 Llodra
Llodra faces another break point but once again saves it. The Frenchman has showed no fear in going for his shots throughout the match and has so far reaped the reward.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 1-0 Llodra
Henman goes 0-30 down but manages to recover to hold serve.


Second set

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-6 0-0 Llodra
Llodra was broken when serving at 5-4 in the first set but does not repeat the mistake. But the Frenchman wastes two more set points - and Henman lets a break point of his own slip by - before securing the set when Henman hits a forehand wide. The Briton must now overcome a two-set-to-love deficit for the second time in four matches if he is to reach the quarter-finals.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 4-5 Llodra
A muddled game from Henman sees him forced to save a set point. However, he regroups and manages to hold - but he is still a break down.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 3-5 Llodra
Llodra goes 0-30 down but comes up with a brave overhead and a superb low volley to get himself back into the game. His third ace secures the game.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 3-4 Llodra
A love service game for Henman - but he still needs a break to get back into the match.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 2-4 Llodra
Henman manages to craft a break point but then lofts a tame backhand wide and Llodra holds.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 2-3 Llodra
Henman's third ace of the match helps him to hold serve although it is a shanked volley at the net which clinches the game for the British number one.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 1-3 Llodra
Llodra holds serve to put the pressure back on Henman.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 1-2 Llodra
Henman is looking sluggish and lacking in confidence but manages to fight back from 0-30 down to hold.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 0-2 Llodra
Llodra has a confident service game to consolidate his break.

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 0-1 Llodra
Henman's problems intensify when he slumps to 0-40 in the opening game of the second set. The Briton saves two of the break points and seems destined to save the third when he opens up the court, only to lash his forehand long.


First set

Henman 6-7 (2/7) 0-0 Llodra
Points go with serve until Henman double-faults - for the first time in the match - at 2-3 and then goes wide with a forehand. The longest rally of the match follows and ends with another Henman error, giving Llodra four set points - the left-hander needs just one.

Henman 6-6 Llodra
Henman enjoys his first love service game of the match to force a tiebreak.

Henman 5-6 Llodra
Llodra double-faults for the first time in the match as the errors begin to creep into the Frenchman's game. But he shows real determination, saving one break point with an agile high backhand flick and another with an ace. His courage pays off as he goes on to hold.

Henman 5-5 Llodra
Henman levels the match, serving his first ace in the process.

Henman 4-5 Llodra
Some great reflexes at the net earn Henman a break point and Llodra then badly mistimes a backhand which flies well out, leaving things back on serve.

Henman 3-5 Llodra
Henman is struggling with his first serve but manages to hold and force Llodra to serve out for the set.

Henman 2-5 Llodra
Llodra consolidates his break by holding serve comfortably. The 24-year-old is dictating the play at the moment and playing more aggressively than Henman.

Henman 2-4 Llodra
A fierce forehand return off a weak Henman second serve gives Llodra a break point - and the Frenchman then lashes a backhand winner to clinch the game.

Henman 2-3 Llodra
An easy hold for Llodra, who comes up with the first ace of the match.

Henman 2-2 Llodra
Henman allows Llodra to battle back from 0-30 to 30-30 but manages to hold serve for the first time in the match.

Henman 1-2 Llodra
Llodra, like Henman, is a serve-and-volleyer, and he shows some excellent defence at the net to hold serve to 15.

Henman 1-1 Llodra
Henman goes 15-40 down and then splays a forehand wide to hand his initial gain back to the Frenchman.

Henman 1-0 Llodra
The perfect start for Henman. Llodra, who won the toss and chose to serve, is a little hesitant after the 25-minute rain delay, and Henman takes full advantage. The Briton earns a break point and converts it with a down-the-line winner.



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