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2004 Jan 08 - Henman defeats Sargsian in Doha

Tim Henman is in cruise control as he clocks up his third straight sets win in the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open, the opponent this time was the Armenian Sargis Sargsian (6-3 6-1).

The British No.1 never dropped his serve, while all the time forcing break points on the Sargis service and converting them almost at will.

A jubilant Tim said:

"I'm really pleased. The conditions over here are pretty tough.

"It's windy so serving can prove a bit difficult and it can throw the timing of other shots off a bit.

"That said, I've tried to stay positive and stick to my game plan of coming in as much as possible and I think that's made life difficult for my opponents so far this week.

"It's always nice to get a few matches under your belt early on in the year and I'm pleased that I've made it this far but the job's not done yet.

"Ljubicic is tough to play against because he can hit the ball so hard. It can be tough to get any rhythm when playing against him but I'm confident and really looking forward to it."

Tim will now have to defeat the powerful 6'4" Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in the Semi-Final if he is to progress to his third Qatar Open Final - Tim has been the losing finalist on 2 previous occasions in 1997 and 1999.

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