Henman makes rapid progress past Larose

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Tim Henman wasted no time in booking his place in the third round of the Pacific Life Open here in California.

Tim Henman wasted no time in booking his place in the third round of the Pacific Life Open here in California.

The British No 1 took 62 minutes to dispose of the Canadian qualifier Simon Larose 6-3, 6-2. He is due to face the Spanish wild card Alex Corretja in the next round.

Henman, the ninth seed, dropped only four points on serve as he clinched the first set against Larose. There was a slight blip early in the second set as Larose, who squeezed past the Spaniard Felix Mantilla 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 in the first round, broke Henman's serve.

But Henman, given a bye in the first round, broke Larose three times in the second set to wrap up a quick victory.

Corretja is likely to pose more of a threat to Henman. He has already accounted for two of his countrymen: David Ferrer fell 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in round one and the 19th seed, Tommy Robredo, was defeated 6-1, 6-4 in round two.

Mark Philippoussis was one of four seeds to go out of the tournament. The Australian 12th seed lost 7-6, 7-5 to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Philippoussis's last defeat in the tournament was in the 2001 semi-finals against Andre Agassi, who progressed on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain's David Sanchez.

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