Henman wins second match of season at Nottingham

6/19/2007 - Tennis

NOTTINGHAM, England -- Tim Henman won just his second ATP
Tour match this year on Tuesday, beating Michael Russell of the
United States 6-1, 7-6 (5) at the Nottingham Open.

Henman struggled to hold serve in the second set before
advancing to the second round of the Wimbledon warmup.

"I knew it was never going to be plain sailing and there were a
few nervy points along the way,'' Henman said. "But it's these
type of games that are always nice to come through. I didn't play
my best but when I needed to, I came through.''

Henman was beaten in the first round of the grass-court Queen's
tournament to little-known Marin Cilic on June 12. His only other
win this year was in a round-robin tournament in Las Vegas in

Henman, once ranked fourth in the world, has now slipped to No.
78, his lowest ranking in 11 years, and needed a wild card to
play at Nottingham.

Henman is a four-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, but the last
time he reached the final four was in 2002. He had exited in the
second round the past two years.

Agustin Calleri is the highest seeded player to lose so far in
Nottingham. Igor Kunitsyn of Russia beat the third-seeded Argentine
7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-4.

Ivo Karlovic of Croatia served 10 aces to defeat seventh-seed
Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 7-6 (3), and eighth-seeded Arnaud Clement
of France beat 2002 Australian Open winner Thomas Johansson 7-5,

Also in the first round, Amer Delic defeated Justin Gimelstob
6-4, 6-4 in an all-American matchup, Jan Vacek of the Czech
Republic beat Nicolas Lapentti 7-6 (1), 6-3, and Lee Hyung-taik of
South Korea defeated Max Mirnyi 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Three British players exited in straight sets -- Alex Bogdanovic,
Joshua Goodall and Jamie Baker.

Bogdanovic resumed against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain
trailing 6-4, 1-0 after rain stopped play Monday. He had eight
chances to force a deciding set in a tiebreaker before losing 6-4,
7-6 (13).

Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili beat Goodall 7-5, 6-3, and
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina ousted Baker 6-4, 6-2.