Henman trounces Tursunov to earn second round spot

Tim Henman shocked his vast number of critics yesterday by defeating 27th seed and world number 27 Dmitry Tursunov in his first round US Open match.

Henman did well defending against the Russian; Tursunov is one of the ATPs hardest hitters, has a 5-1 win record against Henman and has never lost in the first round of the US Open.  Until yesterday.  Henman fought through the match, continually playing up at the net and despite his aging and aching back he eventually outplayed Tursunov in four sets to win a place in the second round.  The score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The former world number four will retire at the end of September after Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Croatia at Wimbledon.  Speaking after his US Open match, Henman said:

“The whole nature of the match, not only the level of play but the support, the atmosphere out on a big court, was fantastic… I appreciate the situation, this being my last tournament.”

Henman will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsgonga in his second round match.