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2005 May 25 - R.Garros: Henman loses to Horna

Tim Henman suffered a shock 5-7 7-6(2) 3-6 4-6 defeat to Peruvian qualifier Luis Horna in second round of Roland Garros.

It was a match strewn with breaks of serve and Tim found himself struggling for consistency from start to finish. The third set was pivotal, and while the Peruvian kept his cool the British No.1 found himself on the receiving end of a warning from the umpire for swearing. But the set slipped, as did the next, and with it hopes of emulating or eclipsing the marvellous semi-final Tim reached last year.

After the match Tim said:

"It's disappointing but I feel he played better than me and deserved it.

"It was really tight to begin with but he played really good tennis.

"At a couple of key times, he hit some great returns and great passing shots. I certainly give him a lot of credit for the way he played.

"When you are playing the kind of high-risk tennis I need to play, it's hard to do it for three hours and eliminate mistakes from your game."

Tim will be keen to rest his back before the start of the grass court season. He added:

"There was some stiffness in my back, but I don't think it had any bearing on the match."


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