Henman looks to exploit Federer record
Thursday 31 March 2005
Tim Henman is hoping he can improve on an already impressive record against Roger Federer when the pair meet in the quarter-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open here today.
Although the Swiss world No 1 has won their last two encounters, Henman still holds a 6-3 advantage in career meetings. Henman, seeded No 6 at this ATP Masters Series event, moved into the last eight with a 7-6, 6-3 defeat against the Czech player Radek Stepanek.
The top-seeded Federer survived a tough encounter with the Croatian Mario Ancic, dropping a set for the second successive match before prevailing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against the 18th seed.
"I'm one of the few guys who has a good record against Roger, although I think I beat him a couple of times when he was just 13 or 14," said Henman. "More recently he's taken the game to a new level and his record over the last 16 months has been phenomenal. But there will be no pressure or expectation on me so I can just focus on the things I'm doing well and see what happens."
Andre Agassi, a champion here on six occasions, joins them in the last eight after a 7-6, 6-2 win over the French Open champion Gaston Gaudio.
In the women's quarter-finals, Venus Williams beat her sister Serena for the first time in three and a half years, 6-1, 7-6. Venus will play the Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the last four today. Sharapova beat the former world No 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 to end the Belgian's comeback run.
"We've played some huge matches," Venus said after beating Serena. "This one is a highlight. The first set was fantastic. The second set I missed some opportunities but credit to Serena. It's not like she gave me that many points. I definitely had my hands full."
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