Tennis: Henman battles back after an early scare

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TIM HENMAN battled back from early trouble in his President's Cup match yesterday to keep his title defence alive in Tashkent.

The British No 1 and world No 11 beat Eyal Ran of Israel, 6-4, 6-1, and next plays the Italian Stefano Pescosolido in the quarter-finals today.

Henman dropped his serve in the first game, immediately broke back, but was broken again to level the first set at 4-4. However, he won eight of the next nine games to advance - and remains on course to take on Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the final.

At the Compaq Seniors event in Paris, Argentina's Guillermo Vilas beat Bjorn Borg - 20 years after losing to the Swede in the French Open final. Vilas, who at 46 is the oldest player at the Paris tournament, won 6-4, 2-6, 10-7, the last set being decided by a tiebreak.

"Nothing has changed. Maybe you just feel that your half of the court is a little bigger to cover," Vilas said.