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Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Published at 16:02 GMT

Sport: Tennis

Henman crashes again

Tim Henman: Borderline for the ATP Championships

Tim Henman's dismal run of form continues with an embarrassing second round exit from the Eurocard Open in Stuttgart.

His game fell apart as he slumped to a 6-3, 6-1 thrashing by Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic, ranked 54 in the world to Henman's nine.

He is now unlikely to qualify for the ATP Championships in Munich at the end of the season.

Early break

The British star's rhythm was disrupted from the outset and broken on his first service game. His massive opponent smashed back four winning returns in that game, then served Henman out of the match with his crashing deliveries.

The Czech repeated the process in the second set, breaking the Briton in the first game. Henman rallied briefly, immediately breaking back, but Vacek was on song and broke his opponent again.

He held on to serve out the match in just 63 minutes and claim his first win in five encounters with Henman. Vacek faces Andrei Pavel of Romania in the third round.

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