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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June, 2005, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Henman crashes out at Wimbledon
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Tim Henman
Tim Henman's Wimbledon dream ended for another year with a five-set defeat to unseeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

The British number one, who needed five sets to beat Jarkko Nieminen in round one, lost 3-6 6-2 3-6 6-3 8-6.

After twice letting a lead slip amid a rash of break points, Henman looked doomed at 5-4, 40-15 down in the fifth.

Tursunov failed to close out, to the delight of the partisan crowd, but broke again in game 13 and did not waste his second opportunity.

"I missed 17 break points and maybe 15 of them were aces or unreturnable," said Henman.

"You sit here now and feel somewhat numb, but what can you do? You have to give the other guy credit."

Tursunov said: "I think he didn't play his best match."

"There's so much pressure on him. I don't envy him. When you're break point down, second serve and someone screams 'come on Tim', that's difficult.

I'm glad it's over - I was lucky to get through
Dmitry Tursunov

"To manage to play with that pressure for so many years, it's very difficult."

After playing as though the weight of the world - or at least the nation - was on his shoulders on Tuesday, Henman seemed determined to start on a more positive note.

He walked on to Centre Court smiling broadly at the usual warm reception and quickly set about the Tursunov serve.

The Russian was the more nervous of the two and did well to drop just two service games in the opening set, saving numerous break points.

Tursunov served big at the crucial moments against Henman

And, as if responding to criticism of his lethargic start against Nieminen, Henman did his best to rouse the crowd with some trademark fist pumping.

But the danger signs from the Nieminen match remained, with Henman winning just 25% of points on his second serve.

Tursunov took full advantage in the second set, breaking twice against an increasingly irritated Henman.

It was the Russian who looked the stronger as the third set started but Henman edged it, although typically it was not straightforward as he broke, dropped serve and broke again.

In a repeat of the second set, Tursunov raced through the fourth and grabbed what seemed to be the decisive break in game nine of the fifth.

A combination of his nerves and some good Henman returns saw the Russian slip up from 40-15, sending the crowd wild.

But any thoughts of another Henman miracle ended two games later when his vulnerable serve faltered again, and Tursunov comfortably converted his second chance to win the match.

"I'm glad it's over," said Tursunov. "It took me a while - I had two match points and it was tough to let them go.

"I was lucky to get through. I think I reacted pretty well (to losing match points) - I didn't let it get in my head."


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