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2004 Jul 31 - US Open: Henman defeats Karlovic
Tim Henman battled his way through five sets against Croatian Ivo Karlovic
7-6(2) 6-7(7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 to go through to the second round of the US Open.
The British No.1 could barely walk over the weekend due to a back problem but looked in good
physical and mental shape as he came back from a 1-2 set deficit to take the remaining two sets.
After the match Tim said:
"It was a tough match all round. There had been talk about my back but I had a great practice
on Saturday and felt 100%.
"But it totally seized up on Saturday evening. I couldn't walk and it felt like someone was
sticking a knife in my back, so I spent a couple of days working on it.
"It improved massively in 48 hours.
"I've got to thank the Order of Play Committee because I was down to play on
Monday but Paul (Annacone) had a word with them and said 'any chance of a Tuesday?'"
In the second round Tim will face Frenchman Jerome Golmard. Of the forthcoming contest, Tim said:
"I can only improve physically, I feel like been serving pretty well. I'm pleased to get through
this, I didn't know if I was going to play.
"I haven't seen (Golmard) for a while, he's struggled with injury. He's a lefty with an awkward
game, he's come through qualies, but if I progress physically I've got a good chance."
The two players have met on 7 previous occasions with Tim holding a 4-3 win/loss record over
the Frenchman. Tim won their last 2 matches in Hamburg (Germany) and the Australian Open, both in 2000.
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