Davydenko, Henman advance at Rotterdam

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Three-time finalist Tim Henman proved to himself he was still a threat when he beat fourth-seeded Thomas Johansson 6-4, 6-4 in the ABN Amro first round.

Davydenko, Henman advance at Rotterdam

Rotterdam:

Three-time finalist Tim Henman proved to himself he was still a threat when he beat fourth-seeded Thomas Johansson 6-4, 6-4 in the ABN Amro first round on Wednesday. Henman reached his first semifinals in 18 months at Zagreb this month, and stalled a decline from a world No. 4 ranking to No. 40. "Today, I showed that I am still playing good tennis," he said after improving his record against Johansson to 5-2. "I like to attack and come close to the net and today it worked." The tournament runner-up in 1999, 2000 and 2002, Henman will meet Serbian qualifier Novak Djokovic for a place in the quarterfinals. Ancic eliminated Fifth-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia was also eliminated, 7-5, 7-6 (5) by Jarkko Nieminen. He also beat Ancic in the final at Auckland, New Zealand in January to become the first Finn to win an ATP title. Tournament favorite Nikolay Davydenko booked a quarterfinal berth with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Britain's Greg Rusedski. Rusedski led 4-2 then Davydenko regained control with three aces, and Davydenko wrapped up the result in 54 minutes. Sixth-seeded Radek Stepanek beat Swiss lucky loser Michael Lammer 6-4, 6-2 and will face France's Fabrice Santoro in the second round. Dent retires Belgium's Christophe Rochus advanced when American Taylor Dent retired with a back injury after losing the first set 7-6 (0). Rochus will have a quarterfinal with lucky loser Arvind Parmar, the Briton ranked 230th who avenged his defeat in qualifying by beating Dominik Meffert of Germany 6-3, 6-3. Parmar replaced top-seeded Rafael Nadal, who withdrew injured, and upset Paradorn Srichaphan in the first round for his first ATP win in almost two years. "Reaching the quarterfinals of an important tournament like this is fantastic," Parmar said. (AP)

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