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2004 Sep 05 - US Open: Henman into forth round

Tim Henman came from two sets to one down to defeat Czech Michal Tabara 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-3 in the third round of the US Open.

Clearly the Czech hadn't read the script before setting the start of the match as he played well beyond the level of tennis we expected from him.

Set 1 : In the first set Michal took an early break to lead 2-1 and with no further breaks the Czech took the first set.

Set 2 : It was the Brit who made an early break in the second set, rushing to a 4-0 lead and comfortably levelling the match a one set a piece.

Set 3 : Tim also started well in the third set as he went up a break for 2-0 only to be broken twice by the Czech wrapped up the set with sublime passing shots.

Set 4 : It was make or break for the British No.1 as he piled on the pressure and earned himself a 3-0 lead and two breaks of serve. The advantage was soon cut back to a single break by the Czech but Tim held on to level the match for the second time.

Set 5 : The momentum was certainly in Tim's favour and he wasted not time in breaking the Czech early and proceeded to break him again with no reply to wrap up the match.

After the match Tim said:

"My energy levels were fine but towards the end, during the changeovers, my back was getting quite stiff.

"After a changeover, I find on the first couple of serves I feel stiff and there isn't much flexibility there.

"But I kept fighting and that's the most important thing. I can certainly play better but at least I've given myself a chance to do that."

Tim has reached the forth round of the US Open only twice before. On this occasion he will face the German Nicolas Kiefer. The players have met 8 times previously with Tim holding a 5-3 win/loss record, of which he has won their last 3 matches.


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