Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Confounding His Clay-Court Critics

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Confounding His Clay-Court Critics

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

TIM HENMAN has proved he can be a threat on the surface opponents believed he could not master and the British No1 feels he is now equipped to get past the third-round stage of the French Open at Roland Garros for the first time.

Henman's form at the Tennis Masters Series event in Monte Carlo last week has given his game a massive injection of confidence and forced clay-court experts to change their opinion of his abilities on the slowest surface in the sport.

He has reached the fourth round or better at the three other Grand Slams but the French third round has been a hurdle he has not been able to clear.

Henman lost at the semifinal stage 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to former French Open champion Carlos Moya and said: "Physically I feel fine. Mentally I am a little tired but I can take a lot of confidence from this."

Henman, second in the Champions Race - the form guide for this year - will now have a well-earned rest until the Tennis Masters event in Rome on 6 May which starts the run-up to the French Open. …

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