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2005 Jan 18 - Henman eases past Saulnier
Tim Henman dropped a set in the opening match of his Australian Open campaign but always looked the better
player as he defeated unseeded Frenchman Cyril Saulnier 6-1 6-2 4-6 6-3.
After the match Tim said:
"I was being very aggressive, but very consistent, very few unforced errors, I was serving well.
"If anything, I perhaps needed to be a little bit more aggressive to continue to take the match to him.
"I didn't really make unforced errors, but I felt like I let him play his game a little bit. He just played one
good game to break my serve at the end.
"Up 3-0 (in the fourth set), I was just talking to Paul, and he said there wasn't a sense of inevitability.
"It was almost like I was saying to myself, which is right 'I've got the double break, I must now take advantage
of that', instead of just saying, 'I'm playing great tennis. I played three great games, let's keep it going.'
"I don't think it's satisfactory for my best to be (reaching the last) 16.
"I look at those matches I lost. I certainly had a good opportunity against
(Chris) Woodruff and I lost to (Pat) Rafter in a terrible match.
"(But) I'd like to think this is a good opportunity to try and continue the sort of upward trend."
In the second round Tim will face an unknown quantity, the 6'6" Romanian Victor Hanescu.
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