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2004 Jan 20 - Aus Open: Henman breezes past Lisnard

Tim Henman made light work of the Frenchman Jean-Rene Lisnard in the first round of the Australian Open as he dispatched the current world number 31 in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-2.

The first set was a brief affair due to Tim dominating the net at every opportunity and utilising his classic serve and volley game to full effect. The result was breaking Jean-Rene twice to take the set 6-2 in only 28 minutes.

With confidence high going into the second set Tim broke the Frenchman immediately. Although he was briefly under pressure on his own serve until his experience helped save two break points. Errors began to creep into the game, but Tim was able kept his nerve while defending another break point before eventually serving out the set 6-4.

It was a similar scenario in the final set with Jean-Rene unable to hold his serve which led to a 4-1 score-line in favour of the British No.1. The outcome of the match was now almost a formality with Tim just required to hold his serve to close out the match.

A re-run of the match is to be shown at 5pm this evening on British Eurosport.

Tim's opponent in the second round will be 25 year old Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic. Both players have met before in the 2002 Paris Masters where Tim he won in straight sets 6-1 7-5.

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