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2004 Nov 04 - Henman early exit in Paris
Tim Henman crashed in straight sets 7-5 6-1 to Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the third round of the
BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, France.
Early in the first set Tim was bossing the game and looked a likely winner but he was unable to earn a
break of serve. As the set progressed Mikhail was gaining confidence and producing exquisite tennis which
earned him a break point at 5-5 and wasted no time in converting for 6-5 and then served out the set 7-5
A shell shocked Tim Henman was unable to cope with the domination of Mikhail who proceeded to break
Tim four times in the second set to take it 6-1.
Although the British No.1 had already pre-qualified for the prestigious end-of-season Masters Cup in Houston
(USA) there was still pride at stake in doing well in Paris as Tim was the defending champion.
After the match Tim said:
"He (Youzhny) was on to my serve, was very aggressive and played shots at a high level.
"I wasn't sharp and my movement was sluggish. I couldn't dictate the rallies as I would have liked.
"There is nothing wrong with the way I am hitting the ball. But I was sluggish and I need to get my sharpness
back for the Masters Cup."
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