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2004 Mar 21 - Henman defeated by Federer

Tim Henman was unable to match the class of Roger Federer as he crashed 6-3 6-3 in the final of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells (USA).

In the first set the Swiss stole an early break and continued to press home the advantage with an array of stunning tennis play. In an attempt to get back into the set the British No.1 went on the offensive, but numerous unforced errors throughout the set proved too costly.

The second set went much the same way with the Swiss ace looking in a different class and breaking the Henman serve twice before serving out the game.

After the match a reality-checked Tim said:

"Roger came into this week as world number one and he certainly proved that today.

"I felt I had some small chances in the opening few games but against a player of Roger's class you have to capitalise on those things.

"I wasn't allowed to play to the best of my abilities out there but it has been a great 10 days for me and it is something to build on for the rest of the year."

A jubilant Roger Federer who has racked up 3 tournament wins already this season - including the Australian Open - said after the match:

"I'm very happy to beat Tim because I've never beaten him in a real match before.

"I knew I had a chance and I was playing well all week. I was hoping he would not be unbeatable so it worked out fine for me.

"I am happy to win this title because it is one of the biggest in the world. I feel like there are not many guys that have an edge on me now."

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