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