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Henman Wins Opening Match

January 1, 2002

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) _ Tim Henman had to wait out a rain delay Tuesday but the top-seeded Briton came back stronger for a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-0 win over Richard Fromberg at the Australian men’s hardcourt championship.

Rain forced both players from the Memorial Drive courts with Henman up 1-0 in the deciding set. When play resumed, Henman won the next five games to beat the Australian and advance to the second round.

The wet weather also forced organizers to postpone first-round matches between Americans Pete Sampras and Todd Martin, and Australian Andrew Ilie and France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu until Wednesday.

Mark Philippoussis’ return from knee surgery was also affected by the rain, but the big-serving Australian led Julien Boutter of France 6-3, 1-0 when play was suspended.

Earlier, fifth-seeded Sjeng Schalken beat American Alex Kim 6-3, 6-2.

Denmark’s Kenneth Carlsen outlasted Zimbabwe’s Wayne Black 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-0, Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela defeated Paraguay’s Ramon Delgado 6-1, 6-3, and Chile’s Nicolas Massu topped Hungary’s Attila Savolt 6-2, 6-1.

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