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2005 Mar 28 - Henman dispatches Chela
Tim Henman sent Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela out of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami after an emphatic 6-3 6-1 third
At the start of the match there was clear respect shown for each other and it wasn't until the eighth
game that Tim snatched a decisive break to take the opening set.
The British No.1 picked up where he left off as the second set got underway. He was able to cut off the net
at will to finish points early and claimed two breaks of serve to wrap up the match.
After the match Tim said:
"It was a question of trying to stamp my authority on the match and trying to dictate with my style.
The players last met at Roland Garros in 2004 when Tim defeated the Argentine on the way to reaching the
semi-finals. He added:
"Even when I played him at Roland Garros I was trying to get forward as much as possible and on a hard court
with a sure footing I can do that.
"But you still have to choose the right time to do it, because if you come in on an absolutely rubbish shot he
is going to hit them past you.
"I felt I was timing the ball well and getting on to both his first and second serves. I kept the momentum and
from 3-3 in the first set I really ran away with it."
In the forth round Tim will face the Czech Radek Stepanek. They have met three times previously and Tim holds
a flawless 3-0 win/loss record - the last match was in Rome 2004.
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