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2004 Feb 19 - Henman v Federer in Quarter-Final

Tim Henman booked his place in the Rotterdam ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament quarter-final with a straight sets victory (6-2 6-4) against the little known Czech Thomas Cakl.

In the first set the British No.1 immediately broke the Cakl serve, while holding his own serve convincingly, and then breaking the Czech once again before closing out the set comfortably 6-2.

The second set followed a similar script as the first, with the Czech never posing a serious threat to the Henman serve, and Tim breaking the Czech once to serve out the set 6-4.

After the match Tim said:

"I watched him play a bit against Bjorkman so I had a pretty good idea as to how he was going to try and play me.

"But one of the main things I've been working on this year is concentrating much more on my gameplan and letting my opponent worry about me.

"I feel very comfortable doing that and today was another good example of it working well. I feel if I can execute my gameplan well I can trouble anybody, especially indoors."

In the quarter-final Tim will face his toughest test yet, against the world No.1 Roger Federer - who came through in a tight two set match 7-6(2) 7-5 against the Romanian Andrei Pavel. Tim holds an impressive win record against Roger, having won 5 out of their 6 encounters, including their most recent match in the 2003 Paris Masters.


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