Henman has to fight off Champion

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Tim Henman won his first match of the the inaugural President's Cup tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan yesterday but was taken to three sets by France's Thierry Champion.

Henman prevailed 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 while the top seed, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, beat hometown qualifier Dmitri Tomashevich 6-4, 6-2.

Chris Wilkinson, the British No 4, won his first round of the Samsung International against the New Zealand qualifier Alistair Hunt 6-2, 6-2 at Bournemouth yesterday. Wilkinson now meets the world No 14, Felix Mantilla. The British No 6, Danny Sapsford, also came through, defeating his former Davis Cup team-mate Mark Petchey 6-4, 6-2.