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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 14:30 GMT
Henman brushes off Murray defeat
Andy Murray (left) and Tim Henman
Henman says Murray can cope with the pressure of being British No 1
Tim Henman insists Andy Murray's shock first-round loss at the Australian Open is just a minor setback for the Scot.

The British number one was beaten in four sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga despite being tipped to reach the latter stages of the first Grand Slam of the year.

"Andy will be as disappointed as anyone but he's playing great tennis," Henman told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

"He's had an extremely minor hiccup in losing a match like that. But the biggest thing is he learns from that."

Henman knows what kind of pressure Murray is under.


Now retired, the 33-year-old carried British hopes for more than a decade and found that his every defeat came under intense scrutiny.

But he believes Murray can handle all the media speculation and says the pressure of being one of the players to fear in Melbourne would have had nothing to do with his surprise defeat to Tsonga, ranked 38th in the world.

"When you step on the court, rankings, reputations and all those things go out the window," said Henman.

"He's done fantastically well to be nine in the world and have the results that he has.

"The exciting things is that he is going to learn even more."

Andy has got so many options to his game and he is learning which is the best one to use

Tim Henman

Henman did have one piece of advice for Murray.

"Andy has got so many options to his game and he is learning which is the best one to use," said the former world number four.

"The more pro-active he is in his game the better he becomes.

"If he's a little bit reactive playing someone like Tsonga, who hits the ball so heavy and can really do some damage, it's difficult because the guys are so good these days."

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