Henman powers past Coria

The sun shone for Tim Henman here yesterday as the British No 1 outplayed Guillermo Coria, of Argentina, 6-2, 6-2, and kept alive his hopes of advancing from the round-robin stage of the Masters Cup.

Henman, defeated by Andy Roddick in his opening group match on Tuesday night, built on the positive aspects of his match against the American world No 2 and eliminated Coria after 70 minutes. Coria, who had won three of his four previous matches against Henman - including the French Open semi-final last June - was playing only his second competitive match in four months after shoulder surgery. As against Marat Safin, of Russia, in his opening group match, Coria lacked the serving power to underpin his counter-punching ground-stroke skills.

Henman's prospects of reaching tomorrow's semi-finals depend on the outcome of his concluding round-robin match against Safin, who was due to play Roddick later yesterday. An improvement in the weather after three days of rain interruptions finally brought a smile to a tournament that had been unable to showcase the season's eight most successful ATP Tour players.

Even yesterday water seeped into the equation. Henman noticed cracks on a baseline caused by water pressure under the court. "They need to patch that up," he said. Otherwise he was pleased with the discipline of his performance and added: "It's easy to fall in the trap of saying, 'He's serving slowly, so I won't miss my returns'." Henman was steady throughout.

Coria, watched by his great Argentinian compatriot, Guillermo Vilas, after whom he was named, was hitting serves as moderate as 88mph even when holding to love in the opening game. Called for a foot-fault on his first serve at 30-30 in the second game, Coria double-faulted. He recovered to deuce, but Henman's aggression brought him two more break points and the Briton converted the second of these with a deep drive to the corner.

Henman saved a break point before holding for 3-1, and broke a second time for 5-2 with a high backhand volley. Serving out the set was not easy, however. Henman had to save three break points from 0-40 before converting his first set point with an off-forehand to the corner.

Coria's problems with his serve continued in the second set when he double-faulted to 0-30 in the fifth game, Henman going on to break to deuce. To compound a difficult afternoon, Coria double-faulted again at 2-4, 15-40. Henman served out to love. "He's obviously struggling with his shoulder," Henman said. "I sympathise and respect him, because he's out there trying to do his best."

Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
Life and Style
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits