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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 March, 2004, 23:18 GMT
Federer denies Henman title
Roger Federer smiles in victory
Roger Federer delivered a near flawless display to down Britain's Tim Henman 6-3 6-3 and claim the Pacific Life Masters Series crown at Indian Wells.

Federer broke Henman in the fourth game and raced to the opening set with some scything forehands and powerful serves.

The British number one tried to battle back but his aggressive tactics only served to produce 19 unforced errors.

Henman gifted Federer breaks in the third and ninth games of the second set and the top seed served out the win.

"Roger came into this week as world number one and he certainly proved that today," said Henman.

"I felt I had some small chances in the opening few games but against a player of Roger's class you have to capitalise on those things.

I feel like there are not many guys that have an edge on me now
Roger Federer
"I wasn't allowed to play to the best of my abilities out there but it has been a great 10 days for me and it is something to build on for the rest of the year."

It was Federer's 14th career ATP title and avenged a defeat to Henman last month in the quarter-finals at Rotterdam - his only loss of the season.

The top seed dropped just one set at Indian Wells - his second successive tournament title.

He hammered 12 winners, fired three aces without a double fault and registered a superb 85% success rate on first-serve points.

"I'm very happy to beat Tim because I've never beaten him in a real match before," Federer said afterwards.

"I knew I had a chance and I was playing well all week. I was hoping he would not be unbeatable so it worked out fine for me.

"I am happy to win this title because it is one of the biggest in the world. I feel like there are not many guys that have an edge on me now."




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