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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 August, 2003, 21:44 GMT 22:44 UK
Henman claims Washington title
British number one Tim Henman
The win is Henman's 10th career title
Tim Henman won his first ATP title since January 2002 on Sunday when he overcame Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

The British number one, seeded 10th, beat the fourth seed 6-3 6-4 to claim his 10th career title from 25 finals.

The win represents a major breakthrough on his road back from shoulder surgery last November.

"I lost a couple of finals in the United States, so I was keen to get a win on American soil and my 10th title," Henman said.

"So it's a special day for me. I didn't arrive here until Sunday and it wasn't the ideal preparation, but it was just a question of getting acclimatised and getting used to these courts.

"And obviously with the result today, I've done it pretty well."

Henman outlasted a rain delay of nearly one and half hours to claim the title.

We play in the first round next week at Montreal, so he will have a chance at revenge
Tim Henman
Rain chased players from the court on Sunday just five minutes into the match with Henman leading 1-0.

When play resumed, Henman raced to a 4-0 advantage.

The all-or-nothing ground strokes that carried Gonzalez past Andre Agassi in the semi-finals deserted him against Henman.

Henman broke serve in the opening game of the second set when Gonzalez hit consecutive forehands long and into the net.

After holding serve to get within 2-1, Gonzalez called for a trainer to work on his lower back.

Following the treatment, Gonzalez tried to make one last run at Henman by firing 122 mph second serves and going for even more spectacular winners.

But neither affected Henman, who held in all of his second-set service games.



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