Paris:Tim Henman was eliminated from the French Open on Tuesday, losing to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.
Henman, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2004, lost in the second round in his last two attempts.
On Tuesday, Henman was level with Gulbis at 2-2 in the third set, but then lost his serve.
"Yeah, well, I came second. That's for sure," the 53rd-ranked Henman said. "And with the way that I practiced the last four or five days, it's pretty difficult for me to try to explain."
The 32-year-old Briton has not reached the third round of a Grand Slam event since the Australian Open in 2005. Three years ago, Henman reached at least the quarterfinals in three of the four majors - including the US Open semifinals.
"I give him credit," Henman added. "He played very, very well. He served incredibly consistently."
It was only the 14th career match for the 18-year-old Latvian, and his sixth win.
"In the beginning I was nervous, that's normal," the 84th-ranked Gulbis said. "And slowly I started playing better and better."
Gulbis had never beaten a player ranked higher than 81st before Tuesday.