Eighth-seeded British Tim Henman, never a big fan of clay, displayed a mean streak on Monday to advance to the second round of the $2.95 million Hamburg Masters, the fifth Masters Series event of the year, ousting Moroccan Hicham Arazi in straight sets.
Henman had lost to Arazi, who beat Andre Agassi in the Indian Wells Masters event earlier this year, in straight sets in the second round two years ago.
But this time he put the record straight to win (6-4, 7-5) in 1hr 29min and set up a second-round meeting with either Frenchman Jerome Golmard or German wildcard Marc-Kevin Gollner.
Twenty-five year-old Henman who is currently ranked 11th in the ATP Champions Race standings, could face top seeded American Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals.
Henman, who took his career head to head showing with Arazi to 5-1, reached the quarterfinals here 12 months ago before going down to Argentine Mariano Zabaleta for his best previous showing on the red clay at the Rothenbaum stadium.
The tournament, the final major warm-up for the French Open, is worth $400,000 as well as 100 ranking points to the winner with the losing finalist pocketing $211,000 and 70 ranking points - (AFP)
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