Henman and Rusedski into quarter-finals

Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski advanced into the quarter-finals of the $1m Swiss Indoors tennis tournament today.

Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski advanced into the quarter-finals of the $1m Swiss Indoors tennis tournament today.

Fourth seed Henman ousted France's Arnaud Clement and Rusedski beat tough Dutchman Richard Krajicek.

British number one Henman, who ended a two-year title drought two weeks ago when he claimed a tournament in Vienna, eliminated the Frenchman 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes.

And British number two Rusedski edged Krajicek 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 for his fourth consecutive victory over the towering Dutchman.

"Today was exactly what I was looking for, especially after yesterday," said Henman, who'd appeared sluggish the previous day despite his 6-3, 6-4 win over Spanish qualifier Tommy Robredo.

"I knew I had to improve if I wanted to beat Clement. I know how difficult he can make your life if you don't get on top and establish your dominance straight away.

"But I felt confident in many areas; I was passing well and had good backhand passes. If I didn't get the double break I was looking for, I can consider that being too picky."

Henman, looking for a second title this season, has traditionally done well in Basel, defeating American Andre Agassi for the title in 1998 and reaching the finals last year before falling to Karol Kucera.

He added: "I do enjoy coming here. I don't know what it is about the court or the conditions but I do enjoy them. I have to take advantage of that and keep the ball going."

Rusedski has also enjoyed success at the Swiss Indoors, winning the title in 1997.

"I saw Greg get a couple of big shots today," said Henman, on the opposite side of the draw from his countryman.

"He's another who has a good record here and who you have to watch out for."

In other second-round play, Morroco's Hicham Arazi defeated Italian qualifier Davide Sanguinetti 7-5, 7-5.

In later matches, second-seeded Thomas Enqvist of Sweden played France's Jerome Golmard and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, seeded third, met Swede Andreas Vinciguerra.

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