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2004 Oct 27 - Henman defeats Dupuis in Basel

Tim Henman bounced back from his disappointing early in the Tennis Masters Madrid with a competent 6-3 6-4 victory over Frenchman Antony Dupuis in the first round of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel in Switzerland.

A magnesium deficiency had been identified in recent blood tests as the reason for a lack of energy Tim has been experiencing. The British No.1 may be on a course of magnesium supplements but he wasted no time in disposing of the Frenchman in little over an hour.

After the match Tim said:

"It feels like my energy levels are getting back up. "Last week I was really struggling and the doctors could only say that it might be this, or it might not be.

"It has all been a bit strange but I do feel better now."

And speaking of his potential inclusion in the end-of-season Masters Cup, Tim added:

"If I play like that I have a good chance to qualify," said Henman, who could be overtaken by Andre Agassi or David Nalbandian.

"I'm just going to concentrate on my own performances rather than worry about what everyone else is up to.

"I'd love to qualify but if I don't I'm not going to let it detract from the great year that I've had."

Due to the withdrawal of Roger Federer with a thigh strain, Tim is now the top seed in the tournament. In the next round he will face the 6'5" South African Wesley Moodie for the first time.


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