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2004 May 05 - Henman into third round in Rome

Tim Henman crushed the Czech Radek Stepanek in the second round of the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome, Italy, with a straight sets 6-1 6-1 victory.

The British No.1 served well from the start and his serve-and-volley game worked like clockwork. Which aided Tim in comfortably defending his serve while dismantling the Stepanek serve no less than 6 times during the match.

After the match Tim said:

"He's not the easiest guy to play and to win by that scoreline is good for the confidence. said the British number one.

"The conditions were actually not that bad, the rain helped my movement a little bit.

"I felt like I was controlling the ball well. I was really solid so it was a good win.

"In terms of performance, it was my most complete and most consistent.

"There were so few unforced errors and I was getting the balance right of not just keeping the ball in, but moving it around to open up the court.

"I served well, wide to his weaker forehand, and I felt really, really confident."

In the third round Tim will face the dangerous Argentinean Mariano Zabaleta. The players have met on 6 occasions winning 3 matches each. Tim may have won the last two meetings (Indianapolis 2001 and Hong Kong 2000) but Mariano has won both their meetings on clay (Hamburg 2000 & 1999).


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