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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2006, 22:24 GMT 23:24 UK
Henman too strong for Rusedski
Tim Henman
Henman's best effort at the US Open was a semi-final place in 2004
Tim Henman extended his good run against long-time rival and fellow Briton Greg Rusedski with victory in their first-round match at the US Open.

Henman came through 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-3 in one hour 55 minutes for his seventh straight win over Rusedski, setting up a clash with top seed Roger Federer.

Rusedski went 3-0 up but Henman soon levelled before edging the tie-break.

Henman broke twice in the second set and then again at 3-3 in the third to wrap up a comfortable victory.

"Once I got a set up I felt my game got better and better," said Henman, who admitted that Rusedski's hip injury had been a factor.

I still wanted to play at least one more Open and that's what I did

Greg Rusedski

"As he loses a little bit of strength in his hip, he wasn't coming forward so much. I can exploit that a little bit more.

"Yeah, I think as the match wore on, he was obviously getting a bit sore."

Henman now faces the unenviable task of ending Federer's quest for a third straight US Open title.

The pair also met at the same stage at Wimbledon with world number one Federer breezing through in straight sets, dropping just six games.

"It's as tough a test as you can have," said Henman. "But it depends which way you look at it - a tough draw or a great opportunity."

Defeat for 1997 US Open runner-up Rusedski in what could be his last Grand Slam event means he has lost in the first round on each of his last four visits to Flushing Meadows.

Rusedski said afterwards that he would head back home to consider his future, with retirement surely looming.

"I still wanted to play at least one more Open and that's what I did," he said.

  • Britain's Josh Goodall could not build on the three wins that saw him come through qualifying as he lost to Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round.

    The British number eight fell two sets behind before staging a fightback but eventually succumbed 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3.

    Gamewatch: Henman v Rusedski
    30 Aug 06 |  Tennis
    Men's US Open singles draw
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