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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 September, 2004, 20:55 GMT 21:55 UK
Federer ends Henman bid
Roger Federer
Roger Federer ended Tim Henman's dream of a first Grand Slam final appearance with a straight-sets victory in their US Open semi-final.

The world number one had too much for Henman, winning 6-3 6-4 6-4 to set up a final against Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday.

Federer came out on top after three straight service breaks in the first set, and a Henman double fault gave him the edge in the second.

Two breaks in the third set allowed Federer to cruise to victory.

"He was too good on the day, he's the best player in world," said Henman afterwards.

"I tried a lot of things but he came up with the answers. All credit to him, he's had an incredible year and I think it may get better tomorrow."

It was important to win that first set, that was the key today
Roger Federer
Federer is aiming to become the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a year, following victories in Australia and at Wimbledon.

Henman produced flashes of brilliance, particularly in breaking straight back after dropping serve in the sixth game, but he never had Federer under sustained pressure.

Any moment of danger brought something spectacular from Federer, most notably a stunning lob on his way to the decisive break of the first at 5-3.

Henman enjoyed his best moment of the match early in the second set when he fought back from 40-0 down with some fantastic all-court play, but he could not fashion a break point.

Another, even better, Federer lob saw off the challenge and when a Henman double fault gave up a break in game eight, the second set was as good as over.

Despite a late break of serve Henman went the way of the vast majority of Federer's opponents in the final set as the pressure became overwhelming, and the Swiss star wrapped up the match in one hour 55 minutes.

"It was tough but I expected that," said Federer. "It was important to win that first set, that was the key today.

"I'm very pleased, I came up with some great passing shots and my serve was very consistent."


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