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2005 Jun 10 - Henman out of Queen's

Tim Henman crashed in straight sets 6-4 6-4 to Swede Thomas Johansson in the second round of the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's Club.

It was a lacklustre performance from the British No.1, and not ideal preparation for Wimbledon, but it would be unwise to read anything into this result because Tim lost in the second round at Queen's last year before going on to reach a respectable quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

After the match Tim told BBC Sport:

"I was disappointed with my performance, I never really gave myself an opportunity to put some pressure on him.

"Losing serve early in both sets is not where you want to be playing from.

"I have not done a very good job of being as decisive with my game plan on grass as other surfaces.

"I have options but don't use them as well on grass as I do on other surfaces."

Thomas had already defeated a Brit in the form or rising star Andrew Murray yesterday and relished the opportunity to take on the serve-volley style of Tim. He said:

"It was a different game. Tim was playing very aggressively, but the key was that I was returning very well.

"I like playing against serve and volley guys because I can take advantage of my returns and I also had a high percentage of first serves which keeps Tim from the net."


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