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2004 Jun 03 - R.Garros: Henman prepared for Coria

Tim Henman is playing some of the best tennis of his career at the moment so it comes as no great surprise that he is in confident mood ahead of his Roland Garros semi-final against Argentine Guillermo Coria tomorrow.

Of the forthcoming match Tim said:

"Players who like clay are used to playing a certain way and if I play well I can make life very difficult for them.

"That's exactly what I did against Chela and it's exactly what I intend to do against Coria on Friday.

"Coria's record on clay is outstanding (36-1).

"He's definitely set the standard on clay over the past year and it will be a very tough match.

"But he's only human and I'm enjoying my time over here in Paris and I'm in no rush to get home.

"I don't see why I can't continue my winning ways if I approach the match in the right frame of mind and I'm able to dictate enough of the points."

Guillermo had only good words to say about the British No.1 but he will be keen to prove a point having been defeated in the semi-final by Martin Verkerk last year. Guillermo said:

"I'm not surprised that he is in the semi-final; he's a player who can play on all courts and he's very fit.

"He's a player who everybody respects, in particular when he is in top form. I am going to have to play my best tennis to beat him.

"He can play on any sort of court and on any surface, but when I've reached a semi-final I don't mind who my opponent is."

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