Resurgent Henman Ousts Hewitt in Miami
Posted on March 26, 2006
Tim Henman showed his 31 years on Earth and chronic back problems won't keep him from occasionally revisiting his glory days in 2006, on Saturday at the Masters Series-Miami following up his opening round win over Marat Safin with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Lleyton Hewitt.
Entering the match Hewitt had won all eight of his career encounters with the Brit.
"I think my match against Safin was much cleaner and of probably a higher quality but this was a case of different conditions against a different opponent," Henman told reporters. "This was more satisfying."
Henman will next play German qualifier Simon Greul, who upset No. 17 seed Dominik Hrbaty.
Other upsets on the day were Belgian Kristof Vliegen ousting No. 8 Gaston Gaudio who will welcome the start of the claycourt season, and Russian Dmitry Tursunov dismissing No. 14 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Seeded winners Saturday were (1) Roger Federer (d. Clement 6-0 in the third), (4) Andy Roddick (d. A.Martin), (7) Guillermo Coria (d. Djokovic), (9) James Blake (d. Berlocq 0-and-0), (11) David Ferrer (d. Montanes), (19) Sebastien Grosjean (d. F.Lopez), (23) Jarkko Nieminen (d. Philippoussis), (24) Igor Andreev (d. Bastl), (27) Tommy Haas (d. Horna, bagel in the first), (29) Olivier Rochus (d. Mirnyi 6-1 in the third), (31) Fernando Verdasco (d. Spadea), and (32) Juan Ignacio Chela (d. Rusedski).
Federer was 1-for-2 in video replay challenges Saturday, and perturbed when the replay malfunctioned and was unavailable for a period.
"Obviously that's something that is not acceptable for us players, playing with our minds," Federer told reporters. "Got to give it time, I guess."
Federer will next face Haas, who has played him tightly in two meetings this year.
"This will be our third time this year," Federer told reporters. "He's coming back strong, it will be tough for me. He likes to play in the States, he almost grew up here. I have to watch out."
Blake said he felt no remorse for Berlocq, who in the previous round beat Donald Young 0-and-0.
"All I think about is the fact that I need to do everything I can to win each game, because it's not, you know, a social game," Blake told reporters. "It's not a country-club game where we're going to go have tea and cookies afterwards. We're doing this for a living, trying to win. That's my goal. It's not to embarrass anyone, it's to go out and win."
Highlights in Sunday's line-up in Miami are (3) David Nalbandian vs. (26) Tomas Berdych, (5) Nikolay Davydenko vs. (25) Marcos Baghdatis, and (16) Nicolas Kiefer vs. (18) Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez.
Doubles marquee matches include (1) the Bryan brothers vs. Justin Gimelstob/Stephen Huss, and (2) Jonas Bjorkman/Max "The Beast" Mirnyi vs. Spaniards Feliciano "F-Lo" Lopez/Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco, and an all-Czech clearance in (7) Frantisek Cermak/Leos Friedl vs. Martin Damm/Radek Stepanek.