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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Hewitt

Game-by-game action from the semi-final between Lleyton Hewitt and Tim Henman.

Third set

Henman 5-7 1-6 5-7 Hewitt
Hewitt wins the crucial first point of the game but Henman comes up with a superb angled high backhand volley to give the crowd something to cheer about. Hewitt reaches a Henman dropshot and Henman then nets to give the Australian two match points. Henman saves the first with a deep backhand that clips the baseline. An ace from Hewitt means he reaches his first Wimbledon final while Henman's dream is over for another year.

Henman 5-7 1-6 5-6 Hewitt
Hewitt shows his guts and determination by breaking straight back. Henman wins the first point but then nets a forehand after a long, nervy rally. Henman is staying back and pays the penalty on the next point when he puts a forehand into the net. The Briton then cannot pick up a service return from Hewitt and he is facing two break points. He saves the first with a smash which sees Hewitt almost collide with a line judge in his desperation to reach the ball. But on the next point, Hewitt secures a break with a breathtaking top-spin lob and runs, fists pumping to his chair.

Henman 5-7 1-6 5-5 Hewitt
Against all the odds, Henman breaks. The crowd make one final attempt to rally their man and Henman is at least looking determined and positive. The Briton wins the first point of the game which excites the crowd and they go wild when after a long rally, Hewitt sends a forehand cross-court pass wide. A great first serve followed by a drive wrong-footing volley gets Hewitt back into the game but Henman attacks on the next point and earns two chances to break. Henman's next return floats over the baseline but Hewitt nets on the next point and Henman is back in the set.

Henman 5-7 1-6 4-5 Hewitt
All Henman can do is to make Hewitt serve for the match - and he does that by holding serve to 30. Rain might help his cause but there is no sign of that.

Henman 5-7 1-6 3-5 Hewitt
Hewitt is nearing the finishing line but is showing no signs of nerves at the thought of reaching his first Wimbledon final. Henman does salvage a point with a stretching forehand cross-court winner but Hewitt marches on and Henman must now serve to save in the tournament.

Henman 5-7 1-6 3-4 Hewitt
Henman holds to love for the second game in a row. He makes use of the new balls to bang down some big serves and earn himself three cheap points.

Henman 5-7 1-6 2-4 Hewitt
There is the glimmer of opportunity for Henman as he wins the first point with some aggressive play. But he nets a stop volley on the next point and the momentum of the game switches and Hewitt does not concede another point.

Henman 5-7 1-6 2-3 Hewitt
Henman holds his serve to love but is having to work for just about every point.

Henman 5-7 1-6 1-3 Hewitt
The crowd try to get behind Henman but Hewitt is playing some scintillating tennis and is looking increasingly unstoppable.

Henman 5-7 1-6 1-2 Hewitt
Things are not looking good for Henman as he is broken again. Hewitt earns his first opportunity to break with a point that sums up the match. Hewitt lobs, Henman does well to respond with an angled high backhand volley that Hewitt not only manages to reach but turns into a winner that hits the junction of the sideline and the baseline. Henman saves that break point despite a diving volley from Hewitt but then concedes the game with a double fault.

Henman 5-7 1-6 1-1 Hewitt
Hewitt shows no sign of letting up, winning his service game to love. Henman is unhappy that Hewitt's deep winner on the last point is not called long.

Henman 5-7 1-6 1-0 Hewitt
Henman continues to play positively, attacking the net and he holds serve at the start of the third set.


Second set

Henman 5-7 1-6 0-0 Hewitt
There is an subdued air on Centre Court as Hewitt holds comfortably to establish a two-set lead.

Henman 5-7 1-5 Hewitt
Henman looks to be out of this set as he is broken. Hewitt wins the first two points on Henman's serve, the first with a ping-pong exchange at the net, the second with a forehand pass. A cross-court forehand pass gives Hewitt three break points - Henman saves two but Hewitt sends a backhand down the line which clips the net and plops in.

Henman 5-7 1-4 Hewitt
Ominously for Henman, Hewitt seems to have lost none of his edge and the Australian wins his service game to love, finishing with a trademark pass down the line.

Henman 5-7 1-3 Hewitt
The sun is out on Centre Court as Henman manages to hold, saving two break points in the process. Both players look sharp despite the break for rain.

1620 BST - the players re-emerge on Centre Court after a break of 35 minutes.

Henman 5-7 0-3 Hewitt
Henman fights back from 40-0 behind to 40-30, but just as he looks to be getting back into the game, Hewitt produces a brilliant angled drop shot by the net which Henman cannot return.

Almost immediately afterwards, play is suspended as the dark clouds gather once more overhead.

Henman 5-7 0-2 Hewitt
Just what Henman did not want to happen. He loses his fourth game in succession to fall one break behind. Hewitt's returns are, at times, inspired - but Henman will be fuming after netting a forehand at break point down.

Henman 5-7 0-1 Hewitt
Hewitt continues the momentum from the last game of the first set, holding serve with another impressive display of tennis. Henman's must make sure he holds to prevent the Australian storming away.


First set

Henman 5-7 Hewitt
Hewitt raises his game to take the game and the set. Three of his winners come from brilliant passing shots with Henman approaching the net, and one is a finely-judged lob. The crowd are disappointed, but Hewitt demonstrates just why he is the tournament favourite.

Henman 5-6 Hewitt
The crowd buzz as Henman comes back from 0-30 to 30-30. But Hewitt holds his nerve to win the game, although he is certainly having a few problems with Henman's aggressive returns.

Henman 5-5 Hewitt
The British player completes his fightback with a comfortable service game, dropping just one point. Henman is mixing his play well, choosing the right moments to come to the net.

Henman 4-5 Hewitt
An uncharacteristically edgy Hewitt is all over the place and blows the chance to win the first set. Centre Court erupts as Henman breaks straight back to cancel the Australian's advantage, and he wins to love.

Henman 3-5 Hewitt
Henman plays with aggression to save two break points as Lleyton Hewitt begins to exert the pressure. But on the third, the British number one completely mis-hits an overhead to give Hewitt a break and a chance to serve out the first set.

Henman 3-4 Hewitt
Unlike his previous service game, Hewitt is in imperious form, winning to love. He closes out the game with a blistering serve which Henman can only reach with the edge of his racquet.

Henman 3-3 Hewitt
Henman loses the first point, but takes the next four to win with ease. The crowd respond with resounding applause.

Henman 2-3 Hewitt
Hewitt holds - but this is a completely different Henman to the one who lost the previous Hewitt service games. The British number one reaches break point twice with some exquisite volleying. One epic rally in particular, at deuce, will be replayed for years to come, with Henman smashing wide after a host of lobs, volleys and attempted passes.

Henman 2-2 Hewitt
Hewitt opens with a delicately lobbed winner, but Henman comes back moving 30-15 ahead with a backhand smash. A powerful double-handed backhand brings Hewitt to 30-30 but two beautifully-judged Henman volleys close out the game.

Henman 1-2 Hewitt
Twice Henman nets relatively simple backhands as Hewitt holds easily. Hewitt's first double fault gives Henman his first point on the Hewitt serve, but the British player certainly looks the more nervous of the two at the moment.

Henman 1-1 Hewitt
Henman holds, although less comfortably than Hewitt did in the opening game. There is a sense that both players and the crowd are still tense after the enforced delay. But a tremendous rally at 30-30, which Henman wins, brings Centre Court to life.

Henman 0-1 Hewitt
A comfortable first service game for Hewitt, with Henman failing to get a single return in.


1420 BST: The players return to the arena after the frustrating rain delays.

The players have spent more than two hours in the locker room, but prospects for play this afternoon are much better with the skies looking decidedly brighter.

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