Ferrero's fright for Henman

Injury ended Greg Rusedski's defence of the Paris Indoor title yesterday. His last big match of the year is likely to be his wedding to Lucy Connor on 4 December. And for an uncomfortably long time it seemed that Tim Henman's last big match of the season would be his wedding to Lucy Heald on 11 December.

Injury ended Greg Rusedski's defence of the Paris Indoor title yesterday. His last big match of the year is likely to be his wedding to Lucy Connor on 4 December. And for an uncomfortably long time it seemed that Tim Henman's last big match of the season would be his wedding to Lucy Heald on 11 December.

But Henman recovered after losing the opening set and from being 3-1 down in the final set to overcome Juan Carlos Ferrero, a masterful young Spaniard, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, and advance to the third round. So Henman's next big match is against Australia's Mark Philippoussis. Victory would keep the British No 2 in contention for the eight-man ATP Tour Championship in Hanover on 23 November.

The bad luck/good luck theme continued throughout the day at the Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy. Pete Sampras withdrew from the tournament because of a back injury after playing his first match since 20 August. And Andre Agassi was guaranteed succession to Sampras as the year-end No 1 after Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, eliminated Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the Russian world No 2, in the second round, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Agassi celebrated his elevation with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Younes El Aynaoui, of Morocco.

Rusedski retired after losing the opening set of his second-round match against Albert Costa, of Spain, 7-6. Rusedski, who was unable to convert any of four set points, had a recurrence of a strained right hamstring that troubled him during his quarter-final victory against Todd Martin in Stuttgart last Friday. "I just gave it a go in the [Eurocard Open] semis in Stuttgart," said Rusedski, who was defeated there by Richard Krajicek. "I had treatment for the injury, and got here on Tuesday hoping to be ready to play. I'm thinking that's probably going to be it for the year most likely. I don't want to risk making anything worse.

"The most important thing is to be ready for next year. I should still be in the top 16 unless something really bizarre happens this week."

Sampras, who saved three match points in defeating Francisco Clavet, of Spain, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, in a second-round contest that did not end until 1.10 yesterday morning, suffered back spasms; probably a reaction to not having played for so long. "In the middle of the second set, I started feeling my left side getting tight," Sampras said. "I continued to play, and by the end of the third set my back was in complete spasm.

"When I got to my hotel, I had a hard time getting around my room. This morning, there was absolutely no chance of me practising or playing.

"I'm going to go home, take four or five days, and do a test. In about a week or so I'll decide whether to play in Hanover. I'd love to play. It's a huge event. But my health is my job."

Henman has lost two or his three previous matches against Philippoussis. He won their first meeting in two sets on a concrete court in Sydney in 1996. Philippoussis responded by winning in two sets indoors in Basle in 1997 and in four sets on concrete at the 1998 US Open.

While the big-serving Australian enjoyed an impressive result against Richard Krajicek yesterday, 7-5, 6-3, on the Centre Court, Henman struggled on Court No 1 to avoid adding to some ominous opening-round defeats.

The 19-year-old Ferrero, a "lucky loser" from the pre-qualifying tournament, showed from the start that he was ready to pounce on Henman's errors, particularly if the Briton's first serve and forehand were suspect.

Broken in the opening game, Henman was unable to counter Ferrero's inspired ground-stroke play during the remainder of the first set. Although Henman broke for 2-0 in the second set, two double faults handicapped him in the third game, Ferrero breaking back with a fierce forehand service return. The Spaniard double-faulted to 2-5 in the tie-break, but continued to resist Henman, who eventually battled through 9-7.

Two spectacular backhand service returns gave Ferrero a 3-1 lead in the final set. Henman immediately broke back to love, and made the decisive break for 5-4 with a smash to a sideline and a compact forehand volley.

Second round (Seedings in brackets)

Albert Costa, Spain, beat Greg Rusedski (6), Britain, 7-6 (9-7), retired injuredLleyton Hewitt, Australia, beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov (2), Russia, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4Tommy Haas (13), Germany, beat Stefan Koubek, Austria, 6-3, 6-2Marc Rosset, Switzeland, beat Alex Corretja (12), Spain, 7-5, 6-3Mark Philippoussis, Australia, beat Richard Krajicek (8), Netherlands, 7-5, 6-3Tim Henman (10), Britain, beat Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4Jim Courier, United States, beat Carlos Moya (14), Spain, 6-2, 6-Michael Chang United States beat (9) Marcelo Rios Chile 7-5 6-2

PROMOTED VIDEO
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
News
Jermain Defoe got loads of custard
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition