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2003 Nov 02 - Henman wins Paris Masters

Tim Henman won the Paris Masters in straight sets with a 6-2 7-6(6) 7-6(2) victory against the Romanian Andrei Pavel.

Not only is this a historic win for Tim as it is his first Masters title, but the style and class he showed to beat Sebastian Grosjean, Gustavo Kuerten, Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick on the way to the final is worth another mention.

In the first set both players held their serve until Tim broke Andrei in the fifth game and never looked like throwing the Romanian a lifeline.

Tim then gained control of the second set and was up 4-2 until Andrei broke back forcing a tie-break. In what was a close encounter Tim just had the edge to shade an 8-6 points victory to claim the set.

Andrei wasn't about to let Tim run away with the match and upped his game in the third set, but Tim followed suit and there was nothing to choose between them. A tie-break followed which played into the hands of Tim as he ran away a 7-2 winner and wrapped up the match.

Tim has previously reached two Masters Series finals only to become runner-up. While Andrei claimed the Montreal Masters title in 2001. Tim said:

"This is my greatest achievement.

"I couldn't be happier this week the way I've played, the people I've beaten and now winning the title.

"To finish the year on such a positive note is really exciting and I'm keen to build on this.

"He's won one of these before and it's very kind of him to let me get a trophy on my board."

Did Tim have any doubts as to whether he could win the Paris Masters?

"Never, not one doubt. I felt totally in control and I was playing tennis of a level that I had no need to panic."

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