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2004 Sep 11 - US Open: Henman loses to Federer

Tim Henman was unable to cope with the sheer genius of Roger Federer as he was defeated 6-3 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals of the US Open.

In the first set both players took time to settle. There were three service breaks of which two were in favour of the Swiss which he held to take the set. A single break which resulted from a double fault from the British No.1 led to the loss of the second set. And the Swiss was in top gear as he broke Tim twice in the third set to book his place in the final against Lleyton Hewitt.

After the match Tim said:

"He was too good on the day, he's the best player in world.

"I tried a lot of things but he came up with the answers. All credit to him, he's had an incredible year and I think it may get better tomorrow."

After the match Roger said:

"It was tough but I expected that. It was important to win that first set, that was the key today. "I'm very pleased. I came up with some great passing shots and my serve was very consistent."

The Swiss ace has already won two Grand Slam events this year - Australian Open and Wimbledon - and should he wrap up the US Open tomorrow he will become the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a year. A feat not even matched by the legend Pete Sampras who is considered my many to be the greatest player of all time.

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