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2005 Mar 30 - Henman v Federer in Miami

Tim Henman secured a quarter-final against World No.1 Roger Federer at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami following a 7-5 6-3 straight sets victory against Czech Radek Stepanek.

In the first set Tim always looked in control and forced breaks of serve in the tenth and twelfth games to take the opener.

More followed in the second as Tim went up and early break which was all he needed to close out the match.

The British No.1 is now undefeated in all four meetings with the Czech. He said:

"I had a good record against him and I wanted to keep it that way.

"If I'd lost that first set it wouldn't have been ideal but I still felt comfortable. In the second set my level went up and I was always in control."

Although Tim holds an even more impressive 6-3 win/loss record over the Swiss Roger Federer, he has lost their last two matches. Tim added:

"More recently he's taken the game to a new level and his record over the last 16 months has been phenomenal.

"But there will be no pressure or expectation on me so I can just focus on the things I'm doing well and see what happens.

"He's had a couple of tough matches, dropping a set against Mariano Zabaleta and Mario Ancic, and hopefully I can create a few opportunities for myself."


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