2004 Houston Tennis Masters

 Marat Safin vs Tim Henman

6-2, 7-6(7-2)



Marat Safin advanced to the semifinals in Houston by eliminating the serve and volleying Tim Henman from the Masters Tournament.  Safin jumped on top in the first set with breaks in the first and seventh games and although Henman forced the issue to a second- set tiebreaker, he never overcame the start.

"In the second set I played better tennis," Henman said. "But I didn't raise my game high enough. There is no question the better player won tonight. The games I got into I was always coming back from 40-15 down. I was never able to put pressure on him early."

Safin said he lapsed in the second set.

"I lost a bit of concentration, I was waiting for his mistakes and I thought I could break him any time I wanted to," Safin said. "I was wrong. He had a couple of chances to break me and I almost lost the set."










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