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2004 Nov 17 - Henman defeated in opener
Tim Henman has lost his first group phase match to American Andy Roddick 7-5 7-6(6)in the Tennis Masters Cup,
Rain may have delaying play but it certainly didn't damped the enthusiasm of the players or the fans
who were treated to an exceptional contest of high quality tennis.
In the first set both players held serve with dominance until the latter stages when the American
finally broke the Henman serve in the 12th game to take the set.
The second set was even tighter with neither player able to make enough progress on the
others serve. The set was poised at 6-6 and a tie-break followed. Despite the British No.1 taking a 5-2
lead, A-Rod came back with some big forehand winners to take the breaker 8-6.
Having lost his first round-robin match Tim will need victory in both his remaining matches against
Russian Marat Safin and Argentine Guillermo Coria if he is to qualify for the semi-finals.
After the match Tim said:
"It's certainly the best I've played since probably New York.
"I've won some quality matches against Andy. Tonight was his turn. Losing is never fun but when you
compete the way I did you can't second guess yourself.
"I've got to look at the positives. I know I'm hitting the ball well. You move on from that."
Andy Roddick said:
"I can't remember volleying as well. I felt like I moved great and volleyed great. That's
probably an atypical match for me."
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