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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
Hewitt shatters Henman's dream
Henman tries to return another Hewitt shot
Henman was stretched to the limit by Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt bt Tim Henman 7-5 6-1 7-5

Lleyton Hewitt ruthlessly swept aside the challenge of home favourite Tim Henman to reach his first ever Wimbledon final.

The world number one was at his irresistible best on Centre Court, leaving his British rival floundering with the power and accuracy of his groundstrokes.


I saw the ball like a football out there
Lleyton Hewitt

A frustrated Henman simply had no answer to Hewitt's brilliance as he once again failed to make it past the semi-final stage at the All England Club.

Hewitt, the US Open champion, now faces either Argentine David Nalbandian or Belgium's Xavier Malisse in Sunday's final.

After a closely-fought first set, Henman's challenge quickly evaporated as Hewitt showed just why he is regarded as the game's new shining light.

Hewitt totally out-classed Henman on Centre Court
Hewitt totally out-classed Henman on Centre Court

The Australian lost just one game in the second set and only encountered slight resistance from his beleaguered opponent as he wrapped up a straight-sets victory.

The partisan crowd did its best to lift Henman, but the fourth seed was unable to rediscover his best form as he suffered his fourth semi-final defeat in five years.

He had been bidding to become the first Briton to reach the final of the men's singles since Bunny Austin in 1938.

The last Briton to lift the trophy was Fred Perry two years earlier in 1936.

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