Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Ready for Federer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Ready for Federer

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TIM HENMAN is relishing the chance to extend his dominance over world No1 Roger Federer and claim a first Grand Slam Final appearance at the US Open.

Henman holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Swiss star but he is under no illusions about the task he faces tomorrow against a man who has won Wimbledon twice.

However, the British No1 is through to a second Slam semifinal of the year having already made the last four in Paris and this late development for the 30-year-old suggests an even bigger prize could be heading his way.

Henman said: "Playing Federer is the toughest task in tennis right now. He's had an incredible year.

But I really have nothing to lose.

I've beaten him a few times in the past and, hopefully, I can beat him again.

"I'm very excited about reaching my first semi-final in New York and playing Federer will be a pretty special match."

Henman earned his semi-final place by finally accounting for Dominik Hrbaty in a rain delayed match 6-1, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

It was another performance of controlled serve-and-volley tennis and now he will try and beat the best all-round player in the game.

Federer showed he is in great shape by accounting for local hero Andre Agassi in the last eight.

Now Henman and coach Paul Annacone will have to come up with something special to earn a crack at the title on Sunday night.

Henman's achievement is even more remarkable given that he injured his back playing golf after losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon and then suffered a recurrence in New York. It forced him to ask for a 24-hour delay to his first round match and now the pain is all but a distant memory.

He admitted to nerves after the Hrbaty match was halted during the third set. Henman said: "It wasn't the best night's sleep I've had, although I felt that I was in a good situation. …

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