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2004 Feb 21 - Lleyton too hot for Henman

Tim Henman failed to improve on the six straight defeats he has suffered at the hands of Lleyton Hewitt, as the Australian secured a 6-3 6-3 victory to book his place in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The first set was dominated by Lleyton who quickly broke serve in the third game, and followed up with another break to run away with the set 6-3.

Tim started the second set more impressively and immediately went up a break to lead 2-0, but this was short-lived as Lleyton unloaded massive groundstrokes to claw back the break. The game then went with serve until 4-3 with Tim just needing to hold serve to go level, but unforced errors handed Lleyton three break points which were more than enough to clinch a 5-3 lead. Lleyton was now cruising and held serve comfortably to wrap up the set 6-3.

After the match a frustrated Tim Henman - who must be wondering whether he will ever have the game to defeat the Australian - said:

"It's a struggle for me to know where to serve to him. He hits winners from everywhere."

A modest Lleyton reported:

"I have no idea why I have such a good record against him.

"We've had some close battles in the past, at Queen's and Wimbledon.

"I don't know if my game matches up well to his, but I've played well every time I've played him.

"I passed pretty well today and didn't give him lot of easy volleys. I had him guessing a bit out there."

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