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2005 Mar 31 - Henman defeated by Federer

Tim Henman met his match in Roger Federer as he was dumped out of the NASDAQ-100 Open in straight sets 6-4 6-2.

In a close first set it was the Swiss who snatched a decisive break in the fifth game. Tim was presented with a second serve break-point opportunity in the eighth game only for a sublime serve by the Swiss ace to bail himself out, and then hold on to take the opening set.

Tim was unable to get closer to breaking the Federer serve in the second set and was himself broken twice as the World No.1 dominated with ease from the baseline.

After the match, Tim said of his own performance:

"It was OK, but I think you're only allowed to play to a certain level because of the standard that he's playing so consistently.

"There were parts where I felt pretty comfortable, but it only takes your level to drop for a point or two points and that can be a break of serve, and he just keeps rolling from there."

On defeating Tim, Roger said:

"He's one of the guys I've got a bad record against, so it's always good to beat him.

"It was easier than I expected. I thought he missed his one chance when he had break point.

"I hit a great second serve and from then on it seemed easier. In the second set I started to play better and then it was tough for him."

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