Henman admits 'tension' during win over Philippoussis

The eighth day of play at Wimbledon saw the fans on 'Henman Hill' delighted by the robust play of the number five seed in some tense exchanges on Centre Court.

Tim Henman made a reasonably secure start in a match that proved to be finely poised and could have swung in favour of either player. As Henman said in the post match interview, "there were a lot of important points out there".

Henman won the first set 6-2, but Philippoussis did not make it quite so easy in the second set forcing Henman to win a seventh game to close out the second set 7-5.

The tension increased steadily after the second set. Mark Philippoussis lost his cool at times volubly disputing lines calls and was cautioned for audible obscenities. But the Australian did not let the calls affect his play and continued to put up a sterling performance to take the third set 7-6 in the tie-break.

In the fourth Philippoussis came close to winning the set, but Henman, who had set great store throughout the match in his consistent service game, won through in the fourth set tie-break 7-5 to take the set 7-6 and narrowly avoid a fifth set decider.

Henman takes on the unseeded Croatian 20-year-old Mario Ancic in the quarter-finals. Ancic's best Wimbledon performance in his two senior appearances was in 2002 when he went out in the second round.


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