Henman got level with Chileans as he stopped Nicolas Massu 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, winning on his second match point. Last week at the Masters in Cincinnati, the Briton was hammered by Massu's compatriot, Fernando Gonzalez.
"My attitude last week was not that good. I would get frustrated. Today, I tried to just let things happen. I lost the second set, but moved on," said Henman.
Henman earned a match point late in the third as Massu double-faulted for the ninth time. The South American then saved one match point but netted on the second as Henman advanced in two hours, 18 minutes.
Henman took the first set from Massu on a single break of serve, struggled badly in the second and only just scraped a victory as Massu served four double-faults in the final game.
"He's not the easiest guy to play against and I did not think the tennis was particularly good, but it's a good match to get through," Henman said. "We say it every week but the first rounds are difficult, as this one proved. At the end he was struggling with his second serve and I had to take advantage of that."
Wow, thanks for the articles! I didn't even know there was a "eurosport.com"!
I'm so happy Tim won against Massu. I was kinda nervous last night around 10, because we didn't have tv coverage of Indy here, so I was trying frantically to find live scores, but couldn't find any. Yahoo Tennis had the score stuck at Tim leading 6-3 1-6 5-4 FOREVER, and it was so nervewracking!
But YAY TIM! SHOW 'EM YOUR STUFF! GOOD LUCK!
Tim's pulled out of Indy with a shoulder injury. He's had a few injuries and illnesses this year that he doesn't usually get. I hope it's not going to happen to regularly. I also so hope he's OK for the US Open.GET WELL SOON TIM!!!!!
Ditto @ Go Tim.
I feel so bad for him. I think at the Nasdaq-100 Open he strained his neck and had to retire from his match vs Federer, and Tim said that he didn't want to have to pull out of a match like that without playing til the end. Maybe that's why he plays through those stomach irritations and all. Anyway, GET WELL TIM.
Shoulder inflammation, sounds scary, doesn't it? I hope it's not too bad for Tim
Grrrrrrrr! What is up with the shoulder injuries now?! My third fav, Thomas Johansson, is expected to have to have to pull out of the Open with a shoulder injury, and now Tim? But it sounds as though Tim's isn't as serious as Johansson's. Anyway, I'm still
NOOOOOO!!! Oh my goodness!!! I just found out that Rusedski beat Hewitt...AHHH!!! if only Tim didn''t have to withdraw from this tournament, his path to victory would've been Lleyton-FREE..!!!!!
Oh, and from Yahoo! Tennis: Fifth-seeded Tim Henman was ousted by a shoulder injury.
Henman, third in the ATP Champions Race, withdrew Thursday morning after hitting a few painful practice shots. He said an initial report from an MRI scan showed no tears.
"This decision has not been made with the (U.S.) Open in mind at all,'' he said. "I was desperate to play here.
"It's not great right now, but hopefully, with some pretty intense treatment and some rest the next few days, it shouldn't linger too long.''
Oh. :sad: If only. But as long as Timmy gets better.