Henman on song in Tokyo

British number two Tim Henman breezed into the third round of the Japan Open with victory over Frank Dancevic.

British number two Tim Henman breezed into the third round of the Japan Open with victory over Frank Dancevic.

The 32-year-old beat his Canadian opponent 6-2 6-1 in Tokyo in his first match in the city for eight years.

Henman, who reached the last eight of the Thailand Open before being defeated by Paradorn Srichaphan last week, was rarely extended by Dancevic and had no problem beating the world number 88.

The 10th-seeded Englishmen received a bye to the second round and will next play either Robby Ginepri or Juan Martin Del Potro in the last 16.

After the match Henman praised the influence of young rival Andy Murray, whom he beat in Bangkok last week.

“Andy’s had a positive effect in a number of different areas. It’s great to have another player share the spotlight.

“It takes a bit of the pressure off and it’s great that at the end of my career I can play with a little less expectation on me.”

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