Henman still in dark over Rusedski

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Tim Henman hopes to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Masters Series in Hamburg today but is still unsure if Greg Rusedski will partner him at the World Team Championships in Düsseldorf next week.

Rusedski flew to London for treatment to his neck after withdrawing from the Hamburg tournament, which means he must make another return trip to Germany if he is to make his debut with Henman in the team event.

"Greg is receiving treatment here but it is too soon to say whether he will be able to play in Düsseldorf," a spokesperson for his management company said.

Henman was partnering the world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the men's doubles at the German Open. The Anglo-Australian combination had two set points but lost 7-6 6-2 to the all-Australian partnership of Joshua Eagle and Sandon Stolle.

Henman will have to beat Adrian Voinea today to reach the third round of the singles. The Romanian beat the Hungarian qualifier Attila Savolt 7-5 7-5.

Meanwhile, the seventh seed, Tommy Haas of Germany, cruised to a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory over his compatriot Lars Burgsmüller. The American Andy Roddick knocked out Todd Martin in straight sets, while James Blake was beaten by the Czech player Jiri Novak 7-6, 6-2.

Roddick's win was set in motion with an opening set tie-break after Martin had had the opportunity to take the set with a break-point at six games to five. But the 19-year-old rallied to force a tie-break, went on to win the tie-break and then cruised in the second set, sealing the victory when Martin double-faulted on match point.

As the wind swirled around the hi-tech centre court in the Rothenbaum tennis centre, 13th-seeded Roddick lost his temper on several occasions in the opening set of his match, hurling his racket to the ground in frustration.

Jennifer Capriati finally ended a losing streak stretching back to 1993 by winning her opening match at the Italian Open for the first time in nine years.

The American got back to winning ways in Rome with a 6-2, 6-1 win over the Slovenian Maja Matevzic to earn a place in the third round.

The Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said he is determined to return to competitive tennis after a shoulder operation and regain his title next year.

The Croatian is due to undergo surgery on his shoulder tomorrow, meaning he will miss this year's tournament at the All England Club in June. "It's another challenge to come back but it will be at least six months," Ivanisevic said.

"My goal is to come back and next year to play Wimbledon. I cannot finish my career in this way. I'm capable of doing that, I have another two years in me," he said.

Ivanisevic said the decision to have surgery on his shoulder, which has troubled him for over a year, was not easy.

"I took days off and I thought it would be all right. It was not an easy decision but it was the best and only decision," he said, adding that he had been invited to attend Wimbledon as a guest this year.

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