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2004 Mar 20 - Henman reaches Pacific final

Tim Henman made light work of his Georgian opponent Irakli Labadze in the semi-final of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells (USA) as he wrapped up the match in straight sets 6-3 6-2.

In the first set Tim was solid in both his serving and shot selection which led to his breaking the Georgian on two occasions, a lead he would hold until the end of the set.

Set two was just as impressive by the British No.1 who immediately went up a break and looked to be in total control. Holding his own serve with ease and then applying pressure on the Labadze serve at 4-2 paid dividends once again as he broke to lead 5-2 and then serve out the set 6-2.

Speaking afterwards Tim said:

"I wanted to dictate the play to him because if you allow him to use his power you can get in trouble.

"I stayed aggressive and it was a solid performance."

In the final Tim will face Swiss genius Roger Federer who out-gunned Andre Agassi over three sets 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the other semi-final. Unlike most tennis players, Tim holds an impressive 6-1 win record over Roger. Of their forthcoming encounter Tim commented:

"Playing Federer is the toughest challenge in tennis right now.

"In the past I've caught him on off-days and that gives me confidence.

"But we will both wipe the slate clean tomorrow and try and show our authority on the court."


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