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2004 May 03 - Henman progresses in Rome

Tim Henman outclassed the German Florian Mayer in the first round of the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome, Italy, with a straight sets 7-5 6-1 victory.

In the first set Tim was slow to find his rhythm and immediately lost his first service game which led to a 0-2 deficit. But he quickly recovered the deficit when the German was serving at 2-3 to level at 3-3. Tim then secured the set by breaking Florian at 6-5 to take the first set 7-5.

The second set was all about the British No.1 who played flawless tennis at times. His own serve was only lightly pressurised while he broke Florian at 2-1 and 4-1 to wrap up the set 6-1.

After the match Tim said:

"I have to say that, in Monte Carlo, I felt pretty relaxed in all my matches.

"But coming into a match like this, I'm expecting myself to win so it has a completely different feel to it.

"So it's good that I recovered after a slow start and, overall, I'm pleased with how I played.

"I got off to a bit of a poor start, but in the second half of the first set and throughout the second set I was happy with my game."

In the second round Tim will face either the Czech Radek Stepanek or Croatian Goran Ivanisevic.

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