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2005 Jan 18 - Henman eases past Saulnier

Tim Henman dropped a set in the opening match of his Australian Open campaign but always looked the better player as he defeated unseeded Frenchman Cyril Saulnier 6-1 6-2 4-6 6-3.

After the match Tim said:

"I was being very aggressive, but very consistent, very few unforced errors, I was serving well.

"If anything, I perhaps needed to be a little bit more aggressive to continue to take the match to him.

"I didn't really make unforced errors, but I felt like I let him play his game a little bit. He just played one good game to break my serve at the end.

"Up 3-0 (in the fourth set), I was just talking to Paul, and he said there wasn't a sense of inevitability.

"It was almost like I was saying to myself, which is right 'I've got the double break, I must now take advantage of that', instead of just saying, 'I'm playing great tennis. I played three great games, let's keep it going.'

"I don't think it's satisfactory for my best to be (reaching the last) 16.

"I look at those matches I lost. I certainly had a good opportunity against (Chris) Woodruff and I lost to (Pat) Rafter in a terrible match.

"(But) I'd like to think this is a good opportunity to try and continue the sort of upward trend."

In the second round Tim will face an unknown quantity, the 6'6" Romanian Victor Hanescu.

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