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Last Updated: Friday, 16 June 2006, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Tursunov
Stella Artois Championships

Quarter-final result:

T HENMAN (GB) v D TURSUNOV (Rus)

6-3 7-6


Game-by-game updates:

Second set:

Henman 6-3 7-6 Tursunov
Henman builds a 4-1 lead, and then a Tursunov backhand goes wide. Two points to victory. Another Tursunov error - five match points. Another error, and it's there - Tim slays the dragon. He was never at his best, but he's into the semi-finals.

Henman 6-3 6-6 Tursunov
Tursunov holds to 15, and it's a tie-break. Deep breaths all round.

Henman 6-3 6-5 Tursunov
More entries for Errorfest 2006, but finally Tim holds his nerve to edge in front. Could he possibly close this one out?

Henman 6-3 5-5 Tursunov
Neither man seems to want to win this set. It's like a new version of tennis - whoever wins least service games goes through. Nemesis sets up a break point, blows it, and then belts a simple smash into the tramlines to keep Tim alive in the set.

"You could put a DVD together of all the mistakes in this game and call it 'How Not To Win A Quarter-Final'. You'd find it in the comedy section." BBC commentator Chris Bailey.

Henman 6-3 4-5 Tursunov
Uh-oh. Here we go again. Henman loses his concentration and with it his serve. Daley won't be liking this. In fact, no-one in the crowd is liking this.

Henman 6-3 4-4 Tursunov
At last - two dongs in a row. Tursunov holds his serve to level the set. What's the time? Could it be Nemesis o'clock?

Henman 6-3 4-3 Tursunov
Make that ding-dong-ding. Henman, the epitome of a polite young Englishman, lets Nemesis break him straight back. "After you, Nemesis." "No, after you, my whipping-boy." "No no - after you..."

Henman 6-3 4-2 Tursunov
Henman breaks straight back. This is the definition of a ding-dong battle. If it's not already on dictionary.com, it should be soon.

Henman 6-3 3-2 Tursunov
A good job that chicken-counting was put on hold - Tim loses his service game in lame fashion to let the Russian - who has been based in California since he was 12 - back into the game.

"There hasn't been the same thuggery today that you would usually expect from Tursunov." BBC commentator John Lloyd.

Henman 6-3 3-1 Tursunov
Wallop - Tim gets that all-important break. If he only wins his service games now, he'll have downed The Nemesis. But since dictionary.com defines nemesis as "an opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome", no-one should be counting any chickens quite yet.

"Terrific scrambling from Henman." BBC commentator John Lloyd.

Henman 6-3 2-1 Tursunov
Solid serving from Henman is too much for Stamper/Nemesis. Perhaps unaware of the intimidating moniker just given to his opponent, Henman keeps his concentration to edge in front.

Henman 6-3 1-1 Tursunov
The Nemesis hits a fine backhand passing-shot to win his first game in five. If you've yet to see him in action, he looks very much like James Bond villain Stamper, as seen in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies. But holding a tennis racquet, rather than a villainous weapon.

Henman 6-3 1-0 Tursunov
Rock-solid volleying from Tim gets his nose in front in this second set. TRN calls for the trainer - he has tape on his fingers, possibly for a blister, and wants it re-applied. Tim is being watched by both his wife Lucy and Daley Thompson, who would probably tell you that he could have won Wimbledon if he had wanted to.

First set:

Henman 6-3 Tursunov
Extraordinary scenes. At set point to Henman, Tursunov hits a forehand that appears to land on the line - but while Henman plays on, the Russian decides to walk off court. Henman can't believe it, but it's his set.

"You've got to love that. And you've got to love this Tursunov guy." BBC commentator John Lloyd.

Henman 5-3 Tursunov
At last someone holds serve - and it's Henman. TRN plays a couple of delightful passing-shots but Henman's grass-court experience comes into play.

Henman 4-3 Tursunov
It's the Battle of the Breaks here - neither man can hold his serve at the moment. The Russian Nemesis (from now on known as TRN) loses his robotic concentration and Tim takes full advantage.

Henman 3-3 Tursunov
Tursunov is back on full nemesis footing. He breaks Henman to love, levels the match and barely breaks sweat. What sort of fool would dared to have doubt him just three games ago?

Henman 3-2 Tursunov
The machine that is Tursunov has now rumbled into life. He holds his own serve and is starting to find his range.

Henman 3-1 Tursunov
That'll teach us to kick a nemesis when he's down. The impassive Russian fights back immediately to get back in the game.

Henman 3-0 Tursunov
A brilliant backhand volley from Henman gives him his second break. Tursunov his nemesis? Not at the moment.

Henman 2-0 Tursunov
Henman is straight back into the form that has seen him cruise into the quarter-finals. His volleying is crisp, his groundstrokes probing and his serving solid.

Henman 1-0 Tursunov
Henman starts well by engineering a break point, but Tursunov fires a serve wide to his backhand to save it. Then a double-fault sets up another and Tursunov fires his forehand wide - first blood to the Briton.


It is warm and sunny at Queen's Club, with barely a breeze to cool the players down.

Henman could be forgiven for feeling a touch concerned about his opponent - Tursunov beat him at this year's French and Australian Opens as well as at Wimbledon in 2005.

Can he knock out his nemesis this time around?



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