Tim Henman lost his chance of retaining the CA Trophy in Vienna when he was beaten in three sets yesterday by the Argentinian Guillermo Cañas.
The second-seeded Briton started the second-round tie in confident fashion against the 23-year-old right-hander and wrapped up the first set 6-3 with little difficulty. But Cañas picked up his game in the second, using his strong forehand to good effect to take the set to a tie-break, which he won 7-4.
The match hung in the balance throughout the decider before Cañas triumphed in another tie-break 7-5 to go through to the quarter-finals.
Greg Rusedski was also knocked out as he made a disappointing start to the indoor season, losing his first-round match 6-2, 6-2 to the Czech, Jiri Novak.
After surrendering the first set, the British No 2 was broken in his third service game of the second set and then dropped serve again to fall 5-2 behind. "I played my usual indoor hard court match... but this is even slower than clay," he said.Reuse content