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2005 Jan 22 - Henman out of Australian Open

Tim Henman crashed out of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 straight sets defeat to Nikolay Davydenko.

The British No.1 was simply outclassed by an inspired Russian who put in one of the best performances of his career.

After the match Tim said:

"I was 100% out there.

"I heard Elena Baltacha say the other day she got her arse kicked, and I belong in the same bracket.

"I think a lot has to do with my opponent. There were times when I was coming in on some really good balls and he came up with the answers.

"I definitely did not play my best but I was not allowed to.

"His level never dropped. The better player won by a margin but I have played many matches where I have played worse and won.

"His level was much, much better than mine, the scoreline does not lie.

"I'm totally gutted. My expectations were obviously for a lot more. You have to keep trying to learn from it, but it does not get any easier."


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