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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Gamewatch: Henman v Verdasco
US Open first-round result:

T HENMAN (GB) v F VERDASCO (Sp)

4-6 2-6 2-6


Game-by-game updates:

Third set:

Henman 4-6 2-6 2-6 Verdasco
Verdasco wraps up a comfortable win over 12th seed Henman, last year's semi-finalist.

Henman 4-6 2-6 2-5 Verdasco
Henman sees a 40-0 lead slip away before he finally holds serve but it is only delaying the inevitable.

Henman 4-6 2-6 1-5 Verdasco
Henman's exit is only a matter of time as Verdasco moves to with a game of upsetting the 12th seed.

Henman 4-6 2-6 1-4 Verdasco
The effort of the previous game appears to have been Henman's last of the match as he drops serve again easily.

Henman 4-6 2-6 1-3 Verdasco
Henman continues to argue with the umpire at the change of ends and wears a rueful smile as he awaits Verdasco's opening serve. The Briton seems fired up but Verdasco handles it well and holds to 30.

Henman 4-6 2-6 1-2 Verdasco
Henman still has enough fighting spirit to question a line call - rightly so, as Verdasco's forehand looked well long - but it gives Verdasco a break point which the Spaniard gleefully takes.

Henman 4-6 2-6 1-1 Verdasco
Verdasco responds with a love service game.

Henman 4-6 2-6 1-0 Verdasco
Henman shows he is not ready to give up quite yet as he holds to 30.


Second set:

Henman 4-6 2-6 Verdasco
Verdasco wraps up an easy set when Henman completely mishits a forehand.

Henman 4-6 2-5 Verdasco
Henman produces a stunning touch volley from a sizzling Verdasco backhand as he makes the scoreline in this set more respectable.

Henman 4-6 1-5 Verdasco
Verdasco moves a game away from a two-seat lead.

Henman 4-6 1-4 Verdasco
It goes from bad to worse for Henman. Rain has been falling intermittently and it looks like the weather might be all that can save him now.

Henman 4-6 1-3 Verdasco
Henman grimaces as he stretches his troublesome back before the game starts and things do not get any better as Verdasco consolidates his break.

Henman 4-6 1-2 Verdasco
An attempted backhand pass from Henman goes wide and he finds himself facing two break points. On the second, he nets a forehand and the Briton is already facing an uphill struggle.

Henman 4-6 1-1 Verdasco
Verdasco seems to relax after bagging the first set and slumps to 0-30, but several crunching serves get him out of trouble.

Henman 4-6 1-0 Verdasco
Other than a wild forehand, Henman gets off to a good start as he looks to recover.


First set:

Henman 4-6 Verdasco
Henman sparks into life with a backhand return winner on Verdasco's second set point but the Spaniard responds with an ace to seal a one-set lead against the 12th seed.

Henman 4-5 Verdasco
Henman at least forces his opponent to serve for the set but he looks sluggish at the moment.

Henman 3-5 Verdasco
Verdasco is suddenly in tentative mode as he looks to consolidate his break. Henman has his first break point but wastes it with a dismal forehand return off a second serve.

Henman 3-4 Verdasco
Henman seems to have got himself out of trouble when he recovers from 0-30 down but his forehand lets him down and Verdasco breaks.

Henman 3-3 Verdasco
Verdasco's big-hitting is proving to too hot to handle for Henman at the moment.

Henman 3-2 Verdasco
Quick reflexes at the net take Henman to game point and he moves ahead again.

Henman 2-2 Verdasco
Verdasco is known as an erratic player and he proves it with a double fault followed by back-to-back aces as he holds to 15.

Henman 2-1 Verdasco
Having saved one break point, Henman faces a second when Verdasco produces a flashing backhand return. The Spaniard wastes it with a woeful return into the net - but the warning signs for Henman are there.

Henman 1-1 Verdasco
Verdasco's aggressive play is in evidence straight away and he powers away a short ball to move to game point before holding.

Henman 1-0 Verdasco
Henman, who admitted on Monday he is suffering from a back problem, makes a decent enough start, holding to 15 and sealing the game with an ace out wide.



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