Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Confident Henman Must Fear Dangerous Dutchman

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Confident Henman Must Fear Dangerous Dutchman

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TIM HENMAN arrived at Wimbledon this morning insisting that he will not underestimate Holland's Sjeng Schalken, who he was due to face in the third round on Centre Court today.

The British No1 is well aware of the danger that Schalken poses after the Dutchman's display at the All England Club 12 months ago.

The 24-year-old was involved in the longest match played in one day in Wimbledon history, eventually losing 20-18 in the fifth set against Australian Mark Philip-poussis, who went on to beat Henman in the next round.

"I'll certainly go into the match with confidence," said Henman. "I played very, very well against him in Paris to beat him in straight sets.

"But he's not someone to take lightly. He has played consistently well on grass over the years. He had a tough match against Philip-poussis and came up a little bit short.

"But he has the game to make life difficult for me. I know that I have to play equally well as I did against Martin Lee to progress further."

Henman beat Schalken in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros.

Greg Rusedski faces something more of an unknown quantity against Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, a clay-court specialist. The 20-year-old made his competitive debut on grass this week but has quickly got to grips with the surface, thrashing Britain's Luke Milligan 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 and defeating former semi-finalist Jason Stoltenberg of Australia 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

"It's going to be a tough match.

Ferrero plays similar to Byron Black but has a little more firepower," said the British No 2 who looked close to his best when he brushed aside Zimbabwe's Black 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

"My coach Brad Langevad left straight after my match to watch him play Stoltenberg and he does a very professional job. He watches every match and studies the video," added Rusedski. …

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