iw04federer_henman

iw04federer_henman

Points won by each set: [ 26-20, 32-19 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
40 % Federer – 18 of 45
34 % Henman – 18 of 52

That ugly match rewrote the script of their meetings. Before it, Henman (along with Hewitt) had been Federer’s toughest opponent. The Swiss [1] triumphed just once in their first seven meetings and it happened as a consequence of Henman’s injury. In the California final Federer totally outplayed the Brit [10] initiating six consecutive wins over him (15-0 in sets!). Federer – known as an offensive player in his first years on the tour, didn’t even win a classical point at the net in the IW ’04 final (just one attack and netted BH volley)! “I feel like there are not many guys that have an edge on me now” said the relatively new No. 1 in the world, in the second month of his reign.

Federer’s route to his 14th title (2nd Masters 1K):
2 Andrei Pavel 6-1, 6-1
3 Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2
4 Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-1
Q Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-1
S Andre Agassi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
W Tim Henman 6-3, 6-3

# Federer saved two mini-match points at 3:4 in the 3rd set vs Agassi

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