Henman has to fight off Champion

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The Independent Online
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.

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