London: Tim Henman lost his cool but held his nerve today to advance into the second round at Wimbledon with a 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. Henman lost the first set and faced two set points in a tiebreaker in the next before he rallied to win four consecutive points to level at 1-1. He won the last five games of the match after he was admonished for using offensive language in the first game of the fourth set when he'd dumped a backhand into the net. He clinched the match in just over three hours with his 13th ace and then gave the crowd a thumbs-up as he left Court 1. Wimbledon hasn't had an English men's singles champion since 1936. Henman, seeded fifth, reached the French Open semifinals and is under pressure to break the British drought at the All England Club.
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