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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 21:49 GMT
Henman roars past Kuerten
Tim Henman
Tim Henman produced a near-perfect performance to cruise past Gustavo Kuerten 6-4 6-2 at the Paris Masters.

The British number one is now in the quarter-finals of a Masters Series event for the first time this year.

"That win was special, and I wish there was a few more like that," Henman said.

"I hardly made any mistakes - it was a lot of fun for me. There is no focus on trying to win this week, I am just looking to improve a few areas of my game."

Henman, who shocked seventh seed Sebastien Grosjean in the previous round, was superior to Kuerten in every department.

After a slow start in which he had to save two early break points, Henman broke at 2-2 in the first set and was rarely in trouble again against the three-times French Open champion.

The Briton goes on to face Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Federer was earlier in unconvincing form against Martin Verkerk, eventually emerging with a 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (14-12) 7-6 (8-6) win which took over two and a half hours.

"Federer has been playing phenomenally well this season," said Henman.

"But he may be a little bit tired because of the match he played tonight. If I keep that intensity in my game who knows?

"On the other hand, Federer has such a high quality of tennis with such a variety of shots.

"But anyway I am still extremely relaxed about the whole week."




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