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Grosjean kills off Henman dream

Sebastien Grosjean killed off Briton Tim Henman's title dream on centre court on Thursday, winning their rain-interrupted quarter-final encounter 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours exactly.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2003 21:31 IST

French 13th seed Sebastien Grosjean killed off British tenth seed Tim Henman's title dream on centre court on Thursday, winning their rain-interrupted Wimbledon quarter-final encounter 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours exactly.

Grosjean now meets either Mark Philippoussis of Australia or German Alexander Popp, who were finishing off their own rain-delayed quarter-final Thursday, in Friday's semis.

"I am pretty happy today," grinned 25-year-old Grosjean who hails from Marseille.

"I am in good shape. The rain helped me a lot - after that I played much better," said the swashbuckling Frenchman, who kept his nerve throughout three long rainbreaks on Wednesday as well as in the face of overwhelming crowd support for his rival.

"I was two sets to one up - but it's never easy to come back the day after.

"I started pretty well and that helped me to finish the match," said Grosjean, a jumping jack in the box of a player who had beaten Henman at Queen's Club ahead of Wimbledon and who broke crucially in the seventh game of the fourth set for a 4-3 lead.

He then missed a match point on Henman's serve in the ninth game in netting a forehand before serving out and landing the win when Henman drove despairingly into the net.

Of the key break point which put him finally on the road to victory Grosjean said it was a question of staying calm and performing the basics.

"I just hit the ball, tried to put it in the court.

"I knew when I was on the court the people were behind him - but I tried to focus on my game."

First Published: Jul 03, 2003 21:31 IST