The last final in Henman’s career. He was 32-year-old at the time, twelve years after he experienced his breakthrough event in Tokyo when advanced to the third rounds a qualifier and met Sampras, who was the best in the world. Henman was initially one of Federer’s toughest opponents, but as the Swiss became the best player in the world, all their meetings were one-sided. Federer improved their H2H from 1:6 to 7-6 winning 15 consecutive sets not being threatened in any of them. # During that streak, they played two finals, both concluded with the same scoreline & the same time with points big disrepancy.
Federer’s route to his 42nd title:
2 Viktor Troicki 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
3 Wesley Moodie 6-2, 6-1
Q Takao Suzuki 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)
S Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4
W Tim Henman 6-3, 6-3
# Comparison of their finals with the same scoreline:
I. Wells ’04: Federer d. Henman 6-3, 6-3… 1 hour 7 minutes… Total points: 58-39… Breaks: 3-0
Tokyo ’06: Federer d. Henman 6-3, 6-3… 1 hour 7 minutes… Total points: 66-47… Breaks: 3-0
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