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2003 Oct 31 - Henman upsets Federer in Paris

Tim Henman suppressed the inevitable rise of Roger Federer with a crushing 7-6(5) 6-1 straight sets victory in the quarter-final of the Paris Masters tournament.

In the first set Tim was required to save two set points. A tie break was his reward, which went one way then the other until an unforced error at 6-5 from the Swiss star handed the set to Tim.

With momentum gathering, the British No.1 could do no wrong as he racked up the game after game with little resistance from Roger.

After the match a jubilant Tim said:

"I think I may have never played with such a consistency against that many top players on a row. My relaxed mental attitude helped me a great deal again today, that is extremely positive. I am relaxed on court while remaining aggressive.

"It was another good match. I served better than against Kuerten. I don't think I missed one volley and I hardly made any unforced errors on the baseline.

"Federer was fatigued in the second set, whereas I was fresh all the way through the game.

"I knew he had played a lot of matches this campaign and won many titles, I had this in the back of my mind when I entered the court and wanted to keep him out there as long as possible."

Tim will face the big hitting American Andy Roddick in the semi-final. Of the forthcoming match Tim said:

"I am looking forward to it. I will have nothing to lose."


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