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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 January, 2004, 08:37 GMT
Game-by-game: Henman v Lisnard
All the action as it happened from Melbourne as 11th seed Tim Henman beats France's Jean-Rene Lisnard in the first round of the Australian Open.

Result: Henman 6-2 6-4 6-2 Lisnard


Third set

Henman 6-2 6-4 6-2 Lisnard
Henman wraps up a match he has dominated from start to finish in authoritative style as a forehand winner puts him into the second round.

Henman 6-2 6-4 5-2 Lisnard
With the pressure off, Lisnard starts to swing his racquet and adds some respectabilty to the score with a well-worked service game.

Henman 6-2 6-4 5-1 Lisnard
The match is ambling towards its conclusion as Henman makes no mistake to move within one game of the second round.

Henman 6-2 6-4 4-1 Lisnard
Lisnard looks to have given up the ghost as he succumbs meekly to a second break of serve.

Three double faults and a volley into the net give Henman every chance he needs to all but book his place in the second round.

Henman 6-2 6-4 3-1 Lisnard
Lisnard finds a chink of light as he moves to 30-15 up, but Henman's calm head sees a succession of top quality first serves that give the Frenchman no chance.

Henman 6-2 6-4 2-1 Lisnard
The third set follows the pattern of the opening two as Henman earns an early break. More double faults from Lisnard do nothing to help his cause and Henman presses home the advantage on the second break point.

Henman 6-2 6-4 1-1 Lisnard
Henman shows some good resolve to hit straight back with a comfortable service game of his own to keep Lisnard at bay.

Henman 6-2 6-4 0-1 Lisnard

Lisnard starts strongly as he battles to stay in the first major championship of the season with another hold to love.


Second set

Henman 6-2 6-4 Lisnard
Henman comes through an early scare to hold serve and really set his mark on the match as he moves into a commanding two-set lead.

A beautiful return from Lisnard on the first point of the game had Henman worrying and the neutrals in the crowd cheering for the underdog, but the Briton held his nerve to secure the set despite an up-and-down display.

Henman 6-2 5-4 Lisnard
Lisnard again holds serve comfortably to pressurise Henman's attempt to seal the second set in the next game.

Henman's tentative returns and so-so volleys are allowing Lisnard to attack and the Frenchman is making no mistake with his passing shots.

Henman 6-2 5-3 Lisnard
Henman is let off the hook as he makes several unforced errors including two double faults of the match and some unconvincing volleys.

Lisnard wastes the chance to break on Henman's second serve, but there are some worrying signs creeping into the British number one's performance.

Henman 6-2 4-3 Lisnard
Lisnard, who appears much more solid after a confidence-boosting run of games, again holds serve as some attempted winners from Henman go stray.

Henman 6-2 4-3 Lisnard
Henman instantly puts the previous poor game behind him and holds serve to love. His presence at the net seems to be almost intimidating to the Frenchman.

Henman 6-2 3-2 Lisnard
Lisnard surprisingly holds to love as some weak returns from Henman allow him the opportunity to impose himself on the match.

Henman 6-2 3-1 Lisnard
Henman responds with an authoritative service game of his own, holding to love.

Lisnard seems to have no answer to Henman's sure touch at the net.

Henman 6-2 2-1 Lisnard
Lisnard puts an end to Henman's run of games as he battles away to hold serve.

Henman 6-2 2-0 Lisnard
Lisnard fights back with some fierce returns to earn two break points - his first of the match.

But Henman, determined to keep his man under pressure, rescues them both before outmanoeuvring Lisnard to hold serve.

Henman 6-2 1-0 Lisnard
Lisnard tries a change in tactics as he looks to get to the net before his opponent, but it does him little good as a patient Henman waits for the openings to break serve again.


First set

Henman 6-2 Lisnard
Henman makes short work of securing the opening set as he holds serve to love with few problems.

Henman 5-2 Lisnard
Henman establishes the double break to close in on the first set with yet more astonishingly accurate and imaginative volleys at the net, impressing the enthusiastic crowd at the Margaret Court Arena.

Henman 4-2 Lisnard
Henman's domination on his own serve continues as he again restricts Lisnard to a single point. His exquisite touch at the net is leaving Lisnard bewildered.

Henman 3-2 Lisnard
Lisnard proves he will be no easy touch as he cuts his arrears with a determined game and some accurate backhands.

Henman 3-1 Lisnard
In contrast to his opponent, Henman's first serve is working smoothly and he consolidates his early break as he holds serve.

Lisnard's passing shots - particularly on the backhand - are giving Henman plenty to think about, but the Briton's volleying is holding firm.

Henman 2-1 Lisnard
Henman breaks to love as Lisnard's serve goes badly awry. The Frenchman serves two consecutive double faults before sending an attempted lob clear of the baseline.

Henman 1-1 Lisnard
Henman looks in confident mood as he starts with an ace and keeps it simple with some fine volleys at the net.

Henman 0-1 Lisnard
Henman starts the match with serious intent, playing some adventurous shots and getting to the net at every opportunity where his volleying comes to the fore.

The British number one recovers from 40-0 down to earn two break points, but an ace from Lisnard secures the Frenchman his opening service game.



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