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JIM COURIER, the 28-year-old bane of British tennis, secured a fourth-round meeting with Tim Henman yesterday by recovering from a match point down in the fourth set against Sjeng Schalken, of the Netherlands, to win a 67-match thriller, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 13-11. He was later taken to hospital suffering from dehydration.

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AS HE was about to serve at match point yesterday Richard Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion, heard an aeroplane overhead and backed off. He was probably afraid he might hit it with the rim of his racket.

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RATHER LIKE those signs you see on shop doors when people have just popped out for a minute, Pete Sampras is happy to be displaying the notice "Back at One". No disrespect to other fine competitors like Carlos Moya and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, but their brief sojourns at number one this year had Mr and Mrs Joe Public scratching their heads and wondering where exactly Pete had gone.

Tennis: High five becomes Henman target

TIM HENMAN and Greg Rusedski embark this week on a two-man mission to revive the corpse of the country's sporting summer. Both will take part in the Stella Artois Championships, which began yesterday at the Queen's Club, in south London, and with Wimbledon less than a fortnight away the pressure will be on to do something that the nation's footballers and cricketers have failed to do in recent weeks - justify their place among the world's elite.

Tennis: Rafter on roll for Australia

PAT RAFTER'S sprinted to his third straight victory over Pete Sampras as Australia reached the World Team Cup final by winning both singles matches against the United States yesterday.

Tennis: Henman crashes out on the clay

TIM HENMAN'S bid to prove he can get to grips with clay suffered a setback yesterday as the Spaniard Francisco Clavet beat him 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Barcelona Open.

Tennis: Moya's party is cut short

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS gave Carlos Moya little time to celebrate his world No 1ranking, beating the fourth-seeded Spaniard in five sets yesterday in the Champions Cup final at Indian Wells, California.

Tennis: Henman low, Moya on high

WHEN YOU get to match point and double-fault, disappointment is understandable. Tim Henman was so far down after his 6-1 1-6 7-5 loss to Chris Woodruff in the quarter-finals of the Newsweek Champions Cup at Indian Wells that he said: "At the moment I'm just not interested in tennis."

Tennis: Agassi's progress hints at former glories

ANDRE AGASSI showed he is ready to make the most of a potentially trouble-free route to the Australian Open semi-finals when he beat the Czech Slava Dosedel 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 yesterday. The American fifth seed and 1995 champion produced glimpses of his former brilliance as he grew in confidence after a slightly subdued start to reach the third round.

Tennis: Local prodigy Hewitt happy with the heat

THE AUSTRALIAN teenager Lleyton Hewitt upset Nicolas Kiefer 7- 5 6-4 yesterday to launch his defence of the Adelaide men's hardcourt title he won from nowhere a year ago.

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