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Last Updated: Monday, 23 May, 2005, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Henman passes first test in Paris
Tim Henman
Tim Henman made short work of world number 147 Juan Pablo Brzezicki as he eased into round two of the French Open in Paris on Monday.

Brzezicki was a late replacement in the draw for the injured Potito Starace, and the Argentine was out of his depth against seventh seed Henman.

The Briton still dropped serve twice in the opening set but was able to break at will, and came through 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Henman will play Luis Horna of Peru for a place in the last 32.

Brzezicki was playing in his first match on the main ATP Tour and his inexperience showed in a 98-minute defeat.

It was only the occasional lapse in Henman's concentration that kept the Argentine in the match, both his games in the opening set coming with breaks of serve.

And the Briton allowed Brzezicki to move 2-0 clear in the third before Henman gathered himself for a final push.

I played my style and it proved pretty effective
Tim Henman

Henman conceded afterwards that he had benefited from the change of opponent.

"It was probably a better thing it changed but it was a little bit of the unknown and I just had to concentrate on my own game," he said.

"I played my style and it proved pretty effective. In that situation you want to make sure you dominate and conserve as much energy as possible.

"I really felt at the beginning of the third set it wasn't so much my concentration, it was more my footwork.

"On clay, when it's heavy, if you let him dictate it's going to give him an opportunity. But then I felt I got more aggressive and finished it off well."

And Henman insisted he was not feeling any extra pressure to match last year, when he made the semi-finals.

"If you dwell on the points you've got to defend you'll make it a negative," he said.

"If I can worry about my performance and the things I do best, that's going to give me the best opportunity of progressing."


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