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Henman gets winning farewell to Wimbledon

sports Updated: Sep 22, 2007 16:05 IST
Henman gets winning farewell to Wimbledon

Tim Henman got the perfect Wimbledon send off as he helped Great Britain's bid to qualify for the Davis Cup world group by beating Croatia's Roko Karanusic on Friday.

Henman will retire at the end of the tie at the All-England Club and he was determined to go out on a high.

After Andy Murray had beaten Marin Cilic in five sets, Henman strode on to Wimbledon's Number One Court and brushed aside world number 164 Karanusic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to give Great Britain a 2-0 lead going into Saturday's doubles.

Over 11,000 supporters rose to aclaim Henman one last time at the venue where he went through so much happiness and heartache in his unsuccessful attempt to win his home Grand Slam.

He may not get another chance to play a singles match because if Britain win the doubles or the first of the reverse singles on Sunday the tie will be over, making Henman's scheduled final rubber against Cilic unneccessary.

Henman is likely to partner Jamie Murray, Andy's brother, in the doubles and victory would finish his career and the former Wimbledon semi-finalist admitted it was hard not to think about the end.

"This is a long weekend of tennis and just because I played a good match the job's not done," Henman said.

"After playing for this long in my career a couple more days isn't going to be too much to ask. There were a couple of times when I had to bring myself back a little because it is very easy for your mind to wander onto a lot of difficult topics.

"Thinking about playing at Wimbledon in potentially my last match and the emotions of that, the crowd and my family watching. So definitely a couple of times I really had to bring myself back into the zone."