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2004 Feb 23 - Henman content with start to season

Tim Henman has made a promising start to his 2004 campaign. In his first tournament of the year in Doha he reached the semi-final. Then got into the last 32 at the Australian Open but lost an epic 5-setter against Guillermo Canas in which the statistics can't really explain how he lost the match! Then most recently he defeated World No.1 Roger Federer in the quarter-final only to lose to Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-final.

Of his performance this year so far, Tim said:

"Even though I would've liked to have played better against Lleyton in the semi-finals in Rotterdam, I still felt the week was successful for me.

"Beating Roger was a big win, even though my record against him is good it's still a boost to beat the number one player in the world and to do so while he was in the middle of such a good run is even better."

On Tim's personal website he added:

"I still feel there's a lot of work to be done but I'm starting to feel much more comfortable with my gameplan out on court and much of the work Paul (Annacone) and I started towards the end of last year is beginning to pay off.

"After a few days here in London, I'll head out to Dubai to get used to playing outdoors again.

"This is an important time of the year with some big tournaments coming up and if I can continue to execute my gameplan effectively then there's no reason why I can't build on the good start I've made to 2004 so far."

Tim will be playing in the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open in Dubai, U.A.E. starting on the 1st March. There will be limited TV coverage of the tournament on British Eurosport from the 3rd March - see TV Listings

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