Henman sets up final date with Federer
Sunday 08 October 2006
Tim Henman booked another date with Roger Federer by sweeping aside Hyung-Taik Lee to reach the Japan Open final in Tokyo.
The British No 2, who has been in impressive form recently, beat the Korean ninth seed in straight sets, 6-4 7-6. The decisive break in the first set came at 5-4, but Henman was made to work much harder in the second, in which the pair traded blows all the way to a tie-break.
But the Briton held his nerve to edge it and set up a 13th career meeting with Federer. The top seed enjoyed an even more straightforward victory over Germany's Benjamin Becker, winning 6-3 6-4 in the day's first semi-final. Henman has lost his past five matches against the world No 1, the Swiss not even dropping a set against a player who once dominated their rivalry. Henman won the first four clashes between the pair.
Meanwhile, Andy and Jamie Murray's run in the doubles ended with quarter-final defeat to the Americans Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas. The Scottish brothers were beaten in straight sets, 7-6 6-1.
Andy had been hoping to make up for his loss in the second round of the singles by developing his promising partnership with Jamie. The pair reached the final of the Thailand Open last week.
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