Murray ready for rapid renewal of Henman rivalry

Andy Murray believes a well-drilled Tim Henman will provide a stern test of his ability after a week in Canada which has taken the Scot close to joining the world's top 20.

The British pair will go head to head for the second time in a week at the Masters Series event in Cincinnati, and while Murray won their meeting in Toronto en route to the semi-finals, it has allowed Henman the chance to reflect on what went wrong.

Murray, who lost, 6-2, 7-5 to the Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday, said, "If you look at my preparation for Cincinnati compared with Tim's, I would probably say he has been there for three, four days, practised on the courts, had a few days to work on things. He probably saw the draw on Friday and will have been able to speak to his coach and do the things in practice that he wants to do against me. His preparation will probably be a little bit better," Murray predicted. "I'm sure he'll change a few things when I play him next week."

Murray made it 2-0 in his head-to-head record against Henman with last week's 6-2, 7-6 win and knows he faces a difficult job in adjusting to the difference in styles between Gasquet and Henman.

"The way Tim plays is tough to play against," Murray said. "You don't see it too often nowadays. [It will be a] completely different match to Gasquet.

"Tim plays really flat, whereas Gasquet plays with a lot of spin, plays from the baseline. Tim will be pretty close to the baseline and trying to come into the net as much as possible. It's going to be a tough match."

The excellence of the Gasquet serve and the lack of consistency in Murray's characterised the semi-final at the Rogers Cup Masters Series event in Toronto. He lost the first set 6-2 but began to settle and the match went with serve before the Scot found himself serving to stay in the contest at 5-4 down, which he accomplished with efficiency.

He was in the same position at 6-5 down and a wild shot sent wide gave Gasquet two match points, which he took with some aplomb with a perfect passing shot.

In the final last night, the Frenchman gave Roger Federer a rare wobble but the Swiss maestro was able to regroup and defeat the gutsy Gasquet 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The world No 1 marked his 17th straight final by making exactly that number of unforced errors in losing the first set. He began to find his form in the second under constant pressure from Gasquet, who blazed winners from all areas. The key moment came at 2-2 in the decider, when a sublime dipping pass set up Federer's breakthrough. The longest rally of the match followed, which Federer won to go 40-15 up, before Gasquet lost his concentration and netted to surrender the game.

Up to that point Gasquet had been arguably the better player. Unthinkably, Federer lost the battle of forehands, smashing too many wide. But, in the tradition of great champions, he found a way to survive the onslaught and lift his 40th career title.

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
New Articles
i100... with this review
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
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.

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
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam