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2004 Apr 21 - Henman into Monte-Carlo third round

Tim Henman secured a 6-3 6-7(8) 6-3 victory over Spaniard David Sanchez in the second round of the Tennis Masters in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

In the first set the British No.1 grabbed an early break of serve to go up 3-0 before seeing out the set comfortably 6-3.

The second set looked to be heading the same way with Tim grabbing an immediate break of serve, but he then failed to consolidate and the Spaniard levelled at 1-1. There were no more breaks in the set which led to a tie-breaker where David's clay court skills assisted in running to a 4-0 lead. Tim recovered the deficit but it was short lived as he was then unable to stem a barrage of 6 set points against him before conceding the set.

Fortunately for Tim he was back on his game in the third set and broke the Spaniard twice to lead 5-0 before easing up a little and coasting over the finish line for a competent 6-3 final set.

After the match a very content Tim Henman said:

"The first round was a real struggle but today I played much, much better.

"I was very aggressive on my serve and was putting pressure on his serve. Every time he served I always felt I had a chance.

"I felt my game was pretty good today and was very pleased to have finished it off."

In the third round Tim will face Nicolas Massu of Chile who dismantled the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-4.

Tim and Nicolas have played each other on three occasions with the British No.1 holding a 2-1 win record. Their last meeting was at Indianapolis, USA, in 2002 which Tim won in three sets 6-3 1-6 7-5. Only once have they played on clay which was ironically at the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2002 where Tim won in straight sets 6-1 7-6.


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