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2004 Feb 17 - Henman v Robredo in Rotterdam

Tim Henman has been drawn against the emerging Spanish star Tommy Robredo in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

This certainly isn't going to be a routine first round match, and the line-up for Tim won't get much easier if he negotiates this potential banana skin. In the following rounds he could have to face Jonas Bjorkman, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and then French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.

In anticipation of the match Tim said:

"I think it's going to be an exciting week. I think it's my eighth visit here and it's undoubtedly the strongest field that I've ever played in at this tournament.

"But I'm not really interested in worrying about too many others. I just want to make sure that I play the right way, and if I do that then I'm looking forward to having a good week."

And on Tim's personal website he said:

"The first time we played was in Basel four years ago in the first round and it was a relatively comfortable match for me.

"The second time was a couple of years ago in Indian Wells and it was a lot closer. He's a talented player and he can adapt to most surfaces so he's always a threat and I expect nothing less this time around.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and just concentrating on my gameplan. If I can execute well enough then I don't fear anybody indoors."

Although Tim has a 100% record against Tommy - having won their previous two matches - they haven't played each other since Indian Wells in 2002, when Tommy was a mere 20-year-old.

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