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2003 Nov 01 - Henman topples Roddick to reach final
Tim Henman has reached the Paris Masters final after a wonderful 7-6(4) 7-6(7) straight sets performance
against World No.1 and US Open champion Andy Roddick.
The British No.1 picked up where he left off against Federer yesterday. Tim broke the American's first
service game which eventually led to the opportunity of serving out the match at 5-4. A-Rod wasn't about to let
the first set go so easily and produced a batch of awesome passing shots to break back. The set went
to a tie-break which saw Tim dominate to win 7-4.
A-Rod raised his game in the second set but Tim was still able to match him point for point. Tim
had a chance to take the set at 5-4 on the A-Rod serve but was unable to close out the match. Another
tie-break followed which was more intense than the first. Although Tim was able to take a swift lead at 6-3, the
American was still hanging in there and pulled back the score to 7-6 before Tim finally closed out the
match at 9-7.
Afterwards Tim said:
"The start of the match was pretty important, the first five games set the tone and boosted my
"I sent a message to Andy that I was serving well, and even when he came back at 5-5 I thought there
was no need to panic.
"In the second set, I also had ups and downs but that is the way the tennis goes, and I was quite happy
when he missed his shot on my sixth match point.
"Now I have my chance tomorrow. I came into this tournament hoping to finish on a high note, and I am
on a high note now, though I hope it will be a higher note tomorrow."
In the final Tim will now face the Romanian Andrei Pavel who discarded the Czech Jiri Novak 6-2 4-6 6-4.
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