posted on May, 26 2004 @ 02:04 PM
Tim Henman found impressive form on clay to crush Lars Burgsmuller 6-0 6-3 6-3 in round
two of the French Open. The British number one took control in the first set, capitalising on a string of unforced errors from his opponent. For a man
with a mystery illness Tim Henman's game looked in the best of health as he thrashed Lars Burgsmuller to reach the third round of the French Open.
Against Burgsmuller, Henman could not have hoped for a more ruthlessly efficient performance full of aggression and brimming with what Henman does
best, chipping and charging, dominating the net, generally controlling the tone and tempo of the match. The overcast, cool conditions helped. They
were in stark contrast to the heat of Monday, but it was the heat emanating from Henman's racket which was the most telling factor. His serve had real
bite, his groundstrokes genuine penetration plus, it should be said, he was also playing an opponent who seemed intent on catching the first available
plane out of Paris.
Next up is Spain's Galo Blanco, the Spaniard who the Briton credits with firing his desire to master clay after a first round defeat in Monte Carlo in
1998, but who Henman beat here two years ago. Victory would take Henman into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time. That is incentive
enough but with Andre Agassi's shock exit from his half of the draw, the tantalising prospect of progress deep into the second week is a distinct