Andy Murray aims to surpass Henman’s achievements

Andy Murray saw off Adrian Mannarino, equalling Henman's 496 career wins. Picture: Getty
Andy Murray saw off Adrian Mannarino, equalling Henman's 496 career wins. Picture: Getty
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ANDY Murray is now eager to surpass the achievements of Tim Henman after matching his fellow Briton’s career-wins record on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old equalled Henman’s 496 career wins, which represents an Open era record for a British man, with a 6-3 6-3 victory over France’s Adrian Mannarino at Indian Wells in California.

On matching Henman’s record, Murray joked on Sky Sports: “That’s one of the few records Tim still had over me.

“I wasn’t actually aware of the record so that’s nice. Hopefully I can get through the next round and get past him.”

The victory in California saw Murray book a quarter-final match-up with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, who edged past Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Referring to his win over 26-year-old Mannarino, the Scot said: “It was a very tough match, he’s playing very well this year and he’s got a very tricky game.

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“He’s a lefty but he has a very flat backhand and a short take-back on his forehand so it’s hard to read.

“He moves well and he has good hands around the net - in both sets though he played one or two loose games which helped me and I stayed solid throughout.

“I was frustrated to get broken in the first set, I thought I started well but he came out firing.

“I tried to make a lot of balls and he didn’t play a great game in the next game and that stopped his momentum.

“I started to feel more comfortable after that and went for my shots more.”

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