Henman reaches AAPT semifinals

Jan. 4, 2002 at 7:22 AM
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ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Top seed Tim Henman won the "Battle of Britain" and a spot in the semifinals Friday at the $357,000 AAPT Championships.

Henman swept past sixth-seeded countryman Greg Rusedski, 6-4, 6-4, in a matchup of Britain's top men's singles players.

Also reaching the semifinals at this Australian Open hardcourt tuneup were Spain's Alberto Martin, who ousted third seed Thomas Enqvist of Sweden and No. 4 Hicham Arazi of Morocco, who moved on when Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic retired in the first set with right elbow inflammation.

Hard-serving Australian Mark Philippoussis rallied past Todd Martin of the United States, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the last quarterfinal match.

Henman defeated the Canadian-born Rusedski for the fourth time in six career meetings, breaking serve in the ninth game in each set to return to the semifinals here.

Next up for Henman is Alberto Martin, who avenged a straight-sets loss to Enqvist in October at Vienna with a 3-6,6-4, 6-3 triumph. It was just the sixth loss in 21 matches at this venue for the 1999 champion.

Arazi also got even with Ljubicic, who eliminated the Moroccan lefthander last August at the Tennis Masters Series event in Cincinnati. Arazi had a 4-1 lead in the first set when the Croatian retired.

A 25-year-old Melbourne native, Philippoussis is trying to turn things around after a dismal 2001 season. He won the Kroger St. Jude title last February but lost eight of 13 matches during the rest of an injury-plagued year.

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