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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 June, 2005, 19:39 GMT 20:39 UK
Henman targets major improvement
By Mark Barden
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Tim Henman next faces Russia's Dmitry Tursunov in SW19
Tim Henman vowed to up his game for his second-round match at Wimbledon after battling back from two sets down to beat Jarkko Nieminen.

The British number one said: "I can and need to play better, and I expect to against Dmitry Tursunov on Thursday."

Henman admitted he felt "flat" as Nieminen took a two-set lead, and admitted: "I was struggling with my incompetence in executing shots."

"I think the the crowd sensed that and were a bit subdued until I improved."

The sixth seed added: "If I can get out of the blocks quicker next time, maybe they will be right behind me from the word go."

Henman hinted he might tweak his tactics for Thursday's encounter with Tursunov, who beat fellow Russian Marat Safin at Wimbledon last year.

"In the fourth and fifth sets against Nieminen, I served and volleyed less than 20% of the time but that was when I was at most my effective."

Henman claimed that was partly down to the grass at Wimbledon becoming increasingly "slow, heavy and high-bouncing".

Asked if the Championships were becoming a baseliners event, he answered: "Absolutely."

But he added: "It's the same for everyone and I've just got to deal with it."

Henman's admission that he was "struggling with all aspects of my game" early on against Nieminen was in stark contrast to fellow Briton Andrew Murray's form as he beat George Bastl 6-4 6-2 6-2.

He added: "We've been crying out for so long in this country for someone like Andy. Bastl is a good pro but he was basically taken apart."




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