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2004 Nov 08 - Henman looking to Masters Cup

Tim Henman doesn't feel his disappointing third round exit in the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris will have any bearing on his chances in the end-of-season Masters Cup in Houston, USA.

The British No.1 told his personal website:

"I don't think losing early affects my chances of doing well - with the regular season over I can focus on the last event of the year.

"I think it's wide open.

"There are a few injury issues - Roger Federer hurt his leg in Basel and both Guillermo Coria and Carlos Moya have had problems with their shoulders.

"On top of that, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt have both taken a bit of time off recently to recharge their batteries.

"And Gaston Gaudio has only played a couple of tournaments since the US Open so it's tough to predict how anyone will perform."

"But undoubtedly, the guy coming into the event in the best form is Safin, who's obviously been on a bit of a roll for the last couple of months."

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