Escude downs Henman in Rotterdam

 

Defending champion Nicolas Escude won his second successive World Indoor Tournament title after struggling past sixth seed Tim Henman 3-6 7-6 6-4 in today’s final.

The Briton took the first set after Escude gifted him the break in the fourth game with a double fault.

Escude came roaring back to take a 5-1 lead in the second. Although Henman staged a fightback to take it into a tiebreak, he netted a service return on Escude's sixth set point.

After an early exchange of breaks in a topsy turvy deciding set, where both players faced break points in almost every service game, Escude decisively broke for a 5-4 lead and secured his third career title with a stretched volley winner.