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Tim Henman advances in Japan Open
2006-10-03 00:09:33 Xinhua English

TOKYO, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Tim Henman of Britain advanced into the second round of Japan Open after wrapping up a 6-2, 6-1 easy victory over Frank Dancevic of Canada on Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased. I did hit the ball well and served well. I enjoyed all the conditions. The court is a little bit quicker than where I usually play on, but it suits my game really, really well," said Henman, who is seeded 10th in the tournament.

The 32-year-old Henman scored one of the first major breakthroughs of his career in Japan 12 years ago when he went through the first two rounds before falling to Pete Sampras.

His appearance Tuesday was his first in Tokyo since reaching the last eight in 1998.

"I remember four years before that in 1994, which was the first time I qualified for the tour event," said Henman.

"I won two rounds and played Sampras on the center court. So that was a big, big breakthrough for me. So 12 years later, it's fun to be back and playing well." Enditem

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