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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 January, 2004, 10:26 GMT
Henman outclasses Lisnard
Britain's Tim Henman
Britain's Tim Henman eased into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over France's Jean-Rene Lisnard in Melbourne.

The 11th seed won 6-2 6-4 6-2 with plenty to spare as his prowess at the net left his opponent floundering.

Henman faced just three break points in the match, although he had to overcome a downturn in form in the second set.

The British number one will face the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek in round two.

Henman was delighted with his display after committing to a style of play he believes will stand him in good stead at the Australian Open.

I was very aggressive from the outset - I've probably been guilty in years gone by of not doing that enough
Tim Henman
"The tone I set early on was very positive, chip and charge and not giving him the rhythm he needs to play his game," he said.

"That tempo was to my advantage and I was able to maintain that for all three sets.

"Committing to that style of play, and being aggressive whether you are winning or losing the point, I knew that was the right way to play.

"I was very aggressive from the outset and set the tone and made sure I was playing the match under my terms.

"Even in the first game I could have broken him. When you put a little doubt in your opponent's mind early on it's going to put extra pressure on.

"I've probably been guilty in years gone by of not doing that enough."

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