Majestic Henman Finds Killer Touch to See off Roddick; TENNIS
Byline: IVAN SPECK
TIM HENMAN last night won a classic encounter against Andy Roddick in the Californian desert.
After more than two-and-a-half hours of pulsating tennis in a match which drew a protracted standing ovation from the crowd, the British No 1 prevailed 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Pacific Life Open.
How Henman deserved to win, yet how close he came to losing, even saving a match point at the end of the second set.
It is hard to exaggerate the majesty of Henman's display in an encounter which began in searing heat and ended amid shadows.
He served as aggressively as he has for three years, volleyed with clinical precision and traded groundstrokes with his hardhitting American opponent, who was ultimately left with no answer.
Henman would not be denied. He led by a break of serve in every set, yet so very nearly took an early flight to Florida for next week's tournament in Miami.
He said: 'It's better late than never to be beating players of this calibre, isn't it? …