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2005 May 02 - Henman defeats Kuerten in Rome

Tim Henman dispatched Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten in straight sets 6-3 6-3 to book his place in the second round of the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome, Italy.

On paper Guga should have been favourite due his unquestionable credentials as three time winner of Roland Garros. He has also won the Rome Masters three times, including back to back in 2000 and 2001. But injuries have troubled the Brazilian superstar who has struggled to win only one tournament per year since 2002.

After the match Tim said:

"In Kuerten I know I've knocked out a very good player.

"I think last year was a big breakthrough for me psychologically.

"I know I have to use my style. I have to keep moving forward, using my volleys. If I try to play claycourt players from the baseline there's only going to be one winner."

Tim will meet either Chilean Nicolas Massu or Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second next round.

Greg Rusedski was defeated in straight sets 6-4 6-2 by an inspired Andy Roddick who won the US Men's Claycourt Championships in Houston two weeks ago.

The British No.2 was broken once in the first set and twice in the second, and was unable to convert the single break point opportunity he forced on the tight Roddick serve. The result means Greg has not won an ATP match on clay since 2001.

After the match Andy said:

"First round matches can be a little uncomfortable because you don't really know where you're at and Greg was serving well in the first set.

"For the last couple of years I haven't played my best tennis on clay, but right now I feel as good as I have ever done."


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