Henman given tough draw for US Open

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Tim Henman will face Ivo Karlovic in the first round of the US Open, which begins on Monday. The British No 1, seeded fifth for the event at Flushing Meadows, has never played the 25-year-old Croatian in an ATP or Grand Slam event.

Karlovic is by no means an easy draw. The 6ft 10in Croatian has a huge serve, smart volleys and sound groundstrokes as he so memorably showed when defeating the defending champion, Lleyton Hewitt, in the first round at Wimbledon in 2003.

The British No 2, Greg Rusedski, will take on France's Cyril Saulnier, who knocked him out of this year's hard court event in Adelaide 6-2, 6-2. Rusedski, who won the Hall of Fame Championship at Newport Rhode Island last month, is returning to form after a sequence of injuries and a drugs tribunal.

Roger Federer faces the 2002 French Open champion, Spain's Albert Costa, who has beaten the Swiss world No 1 in their last two matches. The defending men's champion, Andy Roddick, meets the 18-year-old wild card Scoville Jenkins, who recently became the first African- American to win the USTA under-18 boys singles since it began in 1916.

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