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2005 May 23 - R.Garros: Henman defeats Brzezicki

Tim Henman cruised into the second round of Roland Garros with an comfortable 6-2 6-1 6-4 straight sets victory over the Argentine Juan Pablo Brzezicki.

It was an ATP debut for the 24-year-old Juan Pablo who is has been performing consistently well in the Challenger events, and earlier this month at Forest Hills in New York he defeated American James Blake.

Tim dropped his serve twice in the opening set but this did not prove to be costly as Juan Pablo offered little resistance on his own serve and was broken with ease. Tim's then went on to take the second set without a hitch, and despite dropping his serve at the start of the third set he cam beck to secure the win.

After the match Tim said:

"It was probably a better thing it changed but it was a little bit of the unknown and I just had to concentrate on my own game.

"I played my style and it proved pretty effective. In that situation you want to make sure you dominate and conserve as much energy as possible.

"I really felt at the beginning of the third set it wasn't so much my concentration, it was more my footwork.

"On clay, when it's heavy, if you let him dictate it's going to give him an opportunity. But then I felt I got more aggressive and finished it off well."

Tim reached the semi-finals last year, which means that anything less than another semi-final this year would result in dropping valuable points in the ATP Champions Race. Tim added:

"If you dwell on the points you've got to defend you'll make it a negative.

"If I can worry about my performance and the things I do best, that's going to give me the best opportunity of progressing."

In the second round Tim will face the Peruvian Luis Horna, it will be their first meeting.


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