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Henman Recovers After Slow Start

February 15, 1999

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Englishman Tim Henman recovered from a disastrous first set today to oust Italian Davide Sanguinetti from the ABN AMRO indoor tennis tournament 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Gradually recovering form, Henman needed just one break in the fourth game to take the second set, then stormed to a 5-0 lead in the third.

Sanguinetti took three straight games to give himself a chance but sent a wild service return flying out of court at match point in the ninth game.

Henman is the No. 3 seed in this $850,000 event, which has been upgraded this year to the ATP Championship Series and has attracted five top-10 players: Henman, Greg Rusedski, Alex Corretja, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Richard Krajicek.

Earlier, Dutch wild-card entry Edwin Kempes downed Slovakian Jan Kroslak 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) and Swiss qualifier Roger Federer upset Frenchman Guillaume Raoux 6-7 (7-4), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).

Moroccan Hicham Arazi met unexpected resistance from Argentinian Gaston Etlis but won in straight sets 7-6 (10-8), 7-5.

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