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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 19:49 GMT 20:49 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Philippoussis
Centre Court result:
Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/5) Philippoussis

Action from the men's fourth round, where British number one Tim Henman beats Australian Mark Philippoussis to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.


Fourth set

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/5) Philippoussis
Henman begins the tiebreak in the worst possible way - with a double fault. But Philippoussis returns the compliment by double-faulting himself. Henman then forces an error to earn another mini-break. But the Australian cancels it out with a forehand return down the line. Philippoussis does not put away a volley on his serve and Henman is again a mini-break up. The crowd chant Henman's name as the players change end. Henman holds both his serves to go 6-3 up and earn three more match points. Philippoussis saves the first with a booming serve down the middle - and the second with a out-swinging serve. But now Henman has a match point on his own serve. Philippoussis return goes wide and Henman goes into the quarter-finals.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 6-6 Philippoussis
A Centre Court Mexican wave to boost Henman appears to do the trick when he drive-volleys a backhand across the court for a winner on the first point of the game. He then produces a passing return to take the score to 30-30. The Australian manages to pull out a couple of big serves to force the tiebreak.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 6-5 Philippoussis
After the drama of the last few games, Henman enjoys a relatively straightforward hold, dropping just one point. The pressure is now back on the Australian.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 5-5 Philippoussis
Philippoussis fluffs an easy forehand volley to give Henman the crucial first point of the game. He then pulls out an incredible drop volley at 15-30. The tension is almost unbearable but it is the Australian who prevails on this occasion.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 5-4 Philippoussis
Philippoussis refuses to go down easily and conjures up a great lob to earn a break point. A top-notch return from the Australian lands at Henman's feet and the Briton's backhand volley does not clear the net - Henman, serving for a place in the last eight, is broken for the first time in the match.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 5-3 Philippoussis
Now it is Philippoussis' turn to appear nervy. Two unforced errors give Henman two match points. The Australian saves the first with a huge second serve and Henman sends a forehand pass long on the second. Two consecutive aces - numbers 20 and 21 of the match - ensure the Australian lives to fight another game.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 5-2 Philippoussis
Henman nets two shaky forehand volleys to put pressure on himself and a Philippoussis crosscourt forehand just drops in to give the Australian a chance to break back immediately. But a brave Henman second serve - which measures 110mph on the speedometer - saves him. He then serves two aces to move to within a game of victory.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 4-2 Philippoussis
A couple of well-played points by Henman take him to 0-30. He lets that slip and complains to the umpire about a call. Philippoussis then commits his sixth double fault of the match to hand Henman a break point. The Briton converts it with some aggressive baseline play and sends the Centre Court delirious.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 3-2 Philippoussis
Once again, Henman is put under pressure on his serve but at 30-30, he comes up with an ace and is able to avoid potential trouble.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 2-2 Philippoussis
Philippoussis holds serve, dropping just one point.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 2-1 Philippoussis
Philippoussis comes up with a brilliantly instinctive forehand return at full stretch to go 15-30 up but misses out on a couple of opportunities to put further pressure on Henman and the Briton averts the danger.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 1-1 Philippoussis
Philippoussis takes advantage of the new balls, two more aces coming in this game to take his total to 17. He perhaps has the edge at the moment although the excited Centre Court crowd are doing all they can to encourage Henman.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 1-0 Philippoussis
Henman begins the game well, getting to 40-0 up thanks to his 18th ace. Philippoussis pulls it back to deuce but Henman comes through the mini-test - he is yet to be broken in this match.


Third set

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-7 (3/7) Philippoussis
Philippoussis earns the first mini-break on Henman's first service point, when the Briton makes a rare unforced error, pushing a forehand long. The Australian then goes 3-0 up when Henman nets a tricky volley. A winning Henman return pulls back one of the mini-breaks. Henman then double-faults after the change of ends to leave Philippoussis 5-2 up with two serves to come. An ace gives the Australian four set points. Henman saves the first with a pass that Philippoussis cannot control but the 12th seed clinches the third set with a backhand return down the line.

Henman 6-2 7-5 6-6 Philippoussis
Again Philippoussis has his chances but the Australian loses his cool over what he feels is a bad call. He vents his anger at the umpire and is given a code violation for his language. Henman takes full advantage to clinch the game.

Henman 6-2 7-5 5-6 Philippoussis
A solid service game from Philippoussis, which he finishes off with another ace.

Henman 6-2 7-5 5-5 Philippoussis
Henman's level has dropped just slightly and despite serving an ace, he finds himself at 30-30. Philippoussis then comes up with a backhand crosscourt winner to earn a set point, which Henman saves with a good first serve. Henman then serves what looks to be a fault but is deemed an ace. Philippoussis queries the call but the umpire refuses to over-rule. Henman clinches the game with another ace.

Henman 6-2 7-5 4-5 Philippoussis
Philipppoussis' fifth double fault of the match is followed by his 13th ace. The Australian holds to force Henman to save to serve the set.

Henman 6-2 7-5 4-4 Philippoussis
Henman again struggles a bit on his serve but at 30-30 on his second serve, he picks up a backhand volley off his toes to force the error from his opponent and goes on to hold.

Henman 6-2 7-5 3-4 Philippoussis
Henman comes up with a couple of brilliant returns but Philippoussis keeps his composure to keep his nose in front in the set.

Henman 6-2 7-5 3-3 Philippoussis
The whole court area is covered in shadow now as Henman finds himself in trouble on serve for the first time. He nets a straightforward forehand volley to give Philippoussis his first break point of the match. The fifth seed saves himself with a punched backhand volley. Henman then produces a stunning full-length diving volley to earn a game point and goes on to hold.

Henman 6-2 7-5 2-3 Philippoussis
Once again, Philippoussis is made to work to hold serve but his 12th ace helps him out and he secures the game with an assertive smash at the net.

Henman 6-2 7-5 2-2 Philippoussis
Not even a pigeon invading Centre Court can distract Henman, an ace securing yet another love service game for the 29-year-old.

Henman 6-2 7-5 1-2 Philippoussis
Philippoussis holds serve to edge ahead in the set but now he needs to find a way to break an opponent who is in inspired form.

Henman 6-2 7-5 1-1 Philippoussis
Henman continues where he left off in the second set, flashing an ace down to secure another comprehensive hold of serve.

Henman 6-2 7-5 0-1 Philippoussis
Philippoussis holds but the point of the game belongs to Henman - a majestic backhand flick across the court from a very deep Philippoussis volley.


Second set

Henman 6-2 7-5 Philippoussis
Henman clinches the second set with another clinical service game. He is now firmly in command in this match, and has provoked the Centre Court into full voice.

Henman 6-2 6-5 Philippoussis
Philippoussis comes up with his 11th ace but some deft play from Henman earns the Briton a break point. This time it is the Australian's turn to get a bad call, when a Henman lobs looks wide but is called good, giving the the fifth seed a crucial break. Philippoussis is incredulous but the umpire refuses to over-rule.

Henman 6-2 5-5 Philippoussis
Henman has done well not to be rattled by the dubious non-call of the previous game and enjoys a convincing love service game.

Henman 6-2 4-5 Philippoussis
Philippoussis is again under pressure on his serve at 30-30 but pulls out an ace to save himself. He does exactly the same thing when Henman forces him to deuce. Henman chases down a volley and produces a forehand winner down the line to earn another deuce and then is indignant when a Philippoussis second serve, which looks long, is deemed good. Philippoussis hangs on to hold.

Henman 6-2 4-4 Philippoussis
A 129mph serve takes Henman to 40-0 and he wraps up another love service game with a driving cross-court forehand winner.

Henman 6-2 3-4 Philippoussis
For the third time in the second set, Henman gets to 15-30 on the Philippoussis serve - and for the third time in the second set, the Australian is extricated from danger by his booming serve.

Henman 6-2 3-3 Philippoussis
Henman double-faults on the first point of the game but wins the next four points to hold. The Briton's current oozing confidence is demonstated at 30-15 when he powers a drive-volley winner from near the baseline.

Henman 6-2 2-3 Philippoussis
Another ace helps Philippoussis' cause as he enjoys a love service game to edge ahead in the set.

Henman 6-2 2-2 Philippoussis
Despite struggling a little to find his first serve, Henman holds to love.

Henman 6-2 1-2 Philippoussis
Philippoussis is timing his serve a lot better now and he recovers from 15-30 to take the game.

Henman 6-2 1-1 Philippoussis
After his somewhat patchy performances in his previous rounds, Henman's game is looking supremely fluent in this match as he enjoys another comfortable hold. However, a winning backhand crosscourt return from Philippoussis hints that the Australian might be beginning to settle into the match.

Henman 6-2 0-1 Philippoussis
On the first point of the second set, Philippoussis finally registers his first ace of the match. Henman takes him to 30-30 but the big Australian keeps his nerve to hold.


First set

Henman 6-2 Philippoussis
As the shadows begin to encroach on Centre Court, Henman secures the first set in just 24 minutes, clinching a flawless game with a whipped forehand half-volley. It has been a very controlled and most impressive beginning to the match for the British number one.

Henman 5-2 Philippoussis
Philippoussis is gradually getting used to being back on Centre Court and holds to 15. But it is surely too late for the Australian to save the first set.

Henman 5-1 Philippoussis
A double-fault from Henman gives Philippoussis a glimmer of hope. But at 30-30, Henman produces an ace and then clinches the game with a deft drop volley.

Henman 4-1 Philippoussis
A disastrous game for Philippoussis. Three double faults give Henman three break points and the Australian then fluffs an attempted drop-shot to go down a double-break.

Henman 3-1 Philippoussis
Henman nets a volley early in the game but recovers to hold comfortably.

Henman 2-1 Philippoussis
Philippoussis shrugs off losing his first service game with a clinical serve-and-volleying game, not dropping a point as he holds.

Henman 2-0 Philippoussis
Henman enjoys a solid start on his own serve to consolidate his early break.

Henman 1-0 Philippoussis
The perfect start for Henman. Philippoussis wins the toss and chooses to serve, winning the first point with a lucky net-cord but then Henman comes up with a winning return, a lob and two passing winners to break serve in the opening game and set the Centre Court crowd immediately alight.



SEE ALSO
Tim Henman Wimbledon timeline
10 Jun 04  |  Tennis



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