Henman crushes Corretja while Hewitt tumbles out

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Tim Henman looked full of confidence as he won his Pacific Life Open third-round match with Alex Corretja 6-4, 6-4 here yesterday.

Corretja lost his serve in the second game, at the end of which his trainer was called on to treat what looked like a graze on the knee. The Spaniard played on, and broke back in the seventh game with a backhand passing shot down the line. Henman, however, broke back in the 10th game to claim the first set as Corretja was wayward with three forehands.

At deuce in Corretja's first service game in the second set, the Spaniard struck a shot down the line which caught the highest part of the net and carried over the baseline to put Henman 2-0 up. The Briton's hopes of another three-game lead evaporated as he sent an overhead smash into the net to give his opponent an instant break back. After another deuce game on the Corretja serve, the Spaniard won out to level at 2-2.

The fifth game was nervy for Henman on his serve but it went in his favour at deuce and he edged 3-2 ahead. The match went with serve to 5-4 and Henman closed out the second set.

The Australian two-time defending champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 as the Argentinian put up a determined performance to end Hewitt's 13-match unbeaten run. "Even when I felt like I had him on a stretch a couple of times, he came up with good defensive shots," Hewitt said. "I didn't feel like I played too badly, but I felt like he didn't miss a lot of shots."

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, made light work of Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in the third round, his 6-3, 6-2 victory taking 62 minutes. Federer, the top seed here, had breezed through the previous round with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Romania's Andrei Pavel.

Also in the third round, Tommy Haas, of Germany, beat Spain's Albert Costa 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

Andy Roddick beat his former doubles partner Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6, 6-2 late on Sunday to set up a meeting with the recent Australian Open finalist Marat Safin, of Russia.

Roddick, who faced Gambill for the first time last week in Scottsdale, hit 21 aces in the thin desert air and was never broken. The US Open champion last met Safin in the Australian Open quarter-finals, where the Russian won a titanic five-setter.

The fourth seed, Guillermo Coria, made a good first appearance on American hard courts this season, beating the Armenian Sargis Sargsian 6-3, 6-4.

The seventh-seeded Carlos Moya, of Spain, hit a double-fault on match point and fell to the Russian Irakli Labadze 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. The 11th seed, Nicolas Massu, of Chile, retired with a sinus infection while trailing 6-3, 1-0 to Spain's Rafael Nadal.

* Greg Rusedski is expected to confirm today whether he intends to pursue a compensation claim against the Association of Tennis Professionals following his acquittal on doping charges last week. The British No 2 and his legal team are believed to have examined the possibility of pursuing a claim against the ATP.