Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Enjoys the Hard Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Enjoys the Hard Life

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TIM HENMAN battled back from a set down to beat American Paul Goldstein 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington.

Henman converted only five of 18 break point chances in his match.

But he broke Goldstein in the first game of the final set and added another in the last game.

Henman said: "I'm pleased with the way I competed and he played a very good match.

"I had my chances in the first set with nine break points and I only converted once. He broke me twice in three break points.

"It's my first hard court match in a long time and my first competitive match in a month and I'm pleased the way I came through.

"I feel really good and my shoulder is fine. I just need to get matches under my belt and get used to the hard courts again."

The British No1, seeded 10, will be straight back into action tonight against Nikolay Davydenko after the Russian advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Simon Larose of Canada.

Henman has never met Davydenko before on the ATP Tour but the 22-year-old will be a formidable opponent having already won in Adelaide and Estoril this year.

Second seed Andy Roddick, 20, set up a third-round match with Britain's Greg Rusedski tonight after beating fellow American Bob Bryan 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Roddick, who has won 21 of his last 23 matches, has already beaten Rusedski twice this year - at Wimbledon and Queen's - and is chasing his fourth title in six weeks.

The American and Rusedski hold the world record for the fastest serve at 149mph and the American said: "There's not much game plan against Greg - he will try to dictate play on his serve and I hope to take care of my serve.

"I expect another tough match with him." Elsewhere, second seed Carlos Moya crashed out in the first round of the Idea Prokom Open in Poland. …

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