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  Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 06:29 GMT
Henman concedes Bjorkman superiority
Tim Henman rues another missed chance in his fourth round defeat to Jonas Bjorkman at the Australian Open
Henman lost in straight sets
Tim Henman admitted that he was outplayed by Jonas Bjorkman after the Swede knocked him out of the Australian Open.

"In all honesty, I got beaten at my own game," said sixth seed Henman, who lost 6-2 7-6 6-4 in the fourth round match.

"In most areas we play a similar type of game but he did everything better than me today.

"I think I was a little nervous at the start," Henman admitted.

Jonas Bjorkman
Bjorkman enjoys his victory
"I didn't execute my shots as I should have or could have - but could haves, should haves, buts and ifs are not really enough.

"I started the match badly and the second set tiebreaker was vital to win and to lose that didn't help me either.

"You just can't take anything for granted and I was very aware of what I thought was going to be a very difficult match and it certainly proved that.

"The way I was trying to play and the way I've succeeded in playing in the past wasn't good enough against him.

"He certainly has one of the best returns and I didn't serve as consistently."

Henman said he had had high hopes for the first Grand Slam of the season after his title win in Adelaide earlier this month.


No matter what Tim did, I felt good hitting the ball
Jonas Bjorkman

"But I was under no illusions and I certainly don't have a right to win the match, you have to go out and win it, but I didn't do that," he added.

However, the 27-year-old British number one said he remained upbeat about his prospects for the season ahead.

"It's only the third week of the year and it's not the time to get carried away about today's loss.

"I was not good enough and things have to get a lot better."

Bjorkman said he had taken advantage of Henman's nerves.

"He didn't serve that well in the beginning. The second set was the key to the match - once I got through that one, I felt very confident.

"I probably haven't played as well since 1997 when I was number four in the world. I think right now, I'm playing better than I did at that stage.

"I've got married now and am enjoying life. I try to enjoy every day now, whether you win or lose."

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 ON THIS STORY
BBC tennis correspondent Iain Carter
"When the crunch came, Henman wasn't up to it"
Britain's Tim Henman
"He played some good tennis"
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash
"The tactics from Tim were really weird"
 VOTE RESULTS
Will Henman ever win a Grand Slam event?

Yes
 16.71% 

No
 83.29% 

8110 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
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