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Sunday, 7 July, 2002, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Gamewatch: Hewitt v Nalbandian
Game-by-game action from Centre Court as Lleyton Hewitt takes on David Nalbandian in the Wimbledon final

All the action from Centre Court as Lleyton Hewitt shrugs off rain delays, a streaker and David Nalbandian to become Wimbledon champion.


Hewitt 6-1 6-3 6-2 Nalbandian
Hewitt falls to the floor after serving out to win his first Wimbledon title. The Australian is a deserving champion on the grass and there is no telling how many more Grand Slam titles he will win.

A streaker appeared on Centre Court during the first rain delay
New balls please: Streaker on Centre Court

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 5-2 Nalbandian
Two double faults spell the end for Nalbandian. He has done marvellously well to reach the Wimbledon final but has wilted in the face of Hewitt's considerable challenge.

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 4-2 Nalbandian
Hewitt's serve has looked largely impressive and it consolidates his advantage.

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 3-2 Nalbandian
Boos from the crowd greet Hewitt's latest break as Nalbandian protests a tight line call with umpire Mike Morrisey.

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 2-2 Nalbandian
Hewitt shows signs of tightness with victory looming and surrenders his serve to Nalbandian after a long rally.

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 2-1 Nalbandian
The sun makes an unexpected visit to Centre Court and momentarily puts Nalbandian off his service game. Hewitt earns a break point and takes it spectacularly with a drilled backhand winner.

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 1-1 Nalbandian

Despite being recognised for his supreme backcourt game, Hewitt is coming up with a serve-and-volley game when it matters. The Australian fends off break point and crashes home a smash to hold.

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 0-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is playing well below the ability he has shown in reaching his first Grand Slam final, but he hangs on to hold his opening service game of the third set.


Second set:

Hewitt 6-1 6-3 Nalbandian
The world number one falls behind in his service game but fights back and wins the second set with an ace. He is now just one set from winning his first Wimbledon title and looks unstoppable.

Hewitt 6-1 5-3 Nalbandian
Hewitt is pumped up and he breaks Nalbandian to put himself within sight of a two-set lead.

Hewitt 6-1 4-3 Nalbandian
Hewitt shows characteristic composure to hold serve and edges ahead in the second set.

Hewitt 6-1 3-3 (resumption) Nalbandian

  • The players are back on court again and will resume at 3-3 and 30-30 on Lleyton Hewitt's serve.

  • Fans are not anticipating a long delay and spirits on the newly-named "Hewitt Hill" are very high. Hundreds of Australians have assembled where British tennis fans usually cheer Tim Henman, to watch their hero on a giant screen.

    Hewitt 6-1 3-3 (rain delay) Nalbandian
    Nalbandian wins the best rally of the match with a bold drop shot. The Argentine is enjoying himself at last, but rain halts play again at 30-30.

    Hewitt 6-1 3-3 Nalbandian
    The standard of tennis is pretty high now and Nalbandian is making a match of it.

    Hewitt 6-1 3-2 Nalbandian
    Hewitt answers with a solid service game.

    Hewitt 6-1 2-2 Nalbandian
    Visibly more confident after his success in the last game, Nalbandian squares the set to the delight of his fans - among them delegates from the Argentine embassy.

    Hewitt 6-1 2-1 Nalbandian
    Centre Court erupts as Nalbandian secures his first break with a cheeky lob over Hewitt who is caught flat at the net.

    Hewitt 6-1 2-0 Nalbandian
    The assorted interruptions have done little to help Nalbandian's game. He bounces back from 0-40 but then gives another break to Hewitt.

    Hewitt 6-1 1-0 (resumption) Nalbandian

  • The players return after a rain delay to be greeted by a tenacious streaker, who hurdles the net in his full glory before being escorted from Centre Court.

  • Hewitt's girlfriend Kim Clijsters averts her eyes but even those in the Royal Box have a chuckle at the surprising events before the crowd settles down to the resumption of play.

    Hewitt 6-1 1-0 (rain delay) Nalbandian
    Nalbandian forces break point again but then plays a series of loose shots to hand the game to Hewitt.


    First set:

    Hewitt 6-1 Nalbandian
    Nalbandian ends the first set as he started it - with a double fault. Hewitt has used his unflappable tennis to exploit his opponent's nerves to the glee of many Australians in the crowd.

    Hewitt 5-1 Nalbandian
    Hewitt shows his grit to fend off the first break points on his serve and holds.

    Hewitt 4-1 Nalbandian
    The crowd gets behind a dispirited Nalbandian and he rallies from more break points to win his first game of the final with his first winners of the day. The Argentine has already made 12 unforced errors.

    Hewitt 4-0 Nalbandian
    Another easy service game for Hewitt who is closing out the first set in double-quick time.

    Hewitt 3-0 Nalbandian
    Nalbandian looks nervous and is being made to work hard for every point. He serves his second double fault at deuce and Hewitt pounces to break for a second time.

    Hewitt 2-0 Nalbandian
    No sign of nerves for Hewitt. The world number one finds his range with a couple of deep backhands and holds to 15.

    Hewitt 1-0 Nalbandian
    A nightmare start for Nalbandian, who double faults with his first serves of the match and is soon broken by the probing baseline shots of Hewitt.


  • The players step onto Centre Court to great ovation. Lleyton Hewitt wins the toss and elects to receive.

  • Wimbledon is faced with the rare prospect of a baseline-dominated final and is guaranteed a new men's singles champion.

  • Australian Hewitt starts as overwhelming favourite and he has plenty of support, with girlfriend - and tennis ace - Kim Clijsters in attendance.

  • "Henman Hill" has been renamed "Hewitt Hill" for the occasion, with plenty of Australians watching the big screen outside Court One.

  • Argentine Nalbandian had not even played in a senior tournament on grass before this year, but has an arsenal of strokes to deploy against the world number one.
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