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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 September, 2004, 03:42 GMT 04:42 UK
Henman looks to the future
Tim Henman
Tim Henman remained upbeat despite his US Open semi-final defeat to Roger Federer and looked ahead to the Davis Cup and Masters Cup.

Federer won 6-3 6-4 6-4 to hand Henman the sixth Grand Slam semi-final defeat of his career, but the Briton is already focusing on the rest of 2004.

"I'm going to take a lot of confidence with me when I leave here," he said.

"We've got Davis Cup pretty much straightaway and I need to get my body 100%. It's a big priority of mine."

Great Britain take on Austria at the end of next week with a place in the World Group at stake.

And following the rankings boost that his run to the last four at Flushing Meadows will give him, Henman is determined to qualify for November's eight-man Masters Cup for the first time.

"I still have a few goals I want to try and achieve between now and the end of the year," he said.

"I think with my performance here I'm in a pretty good position."

Henman admitted that he had found no answer to the Federer's brilliance during their semi-final.

"He's playing phenomenal tennis right now," said the Briton. "He was different class. I think he's got every chance to go down as one of the best ever."

The British number one insisted he was happy with his effort bearing in mind the back injury he suffered on the eve of the tournament.

"Although I am disappointed, looking back on the tournament as a whole I think it has been a great success," he said.

"Especially considering the fact that I couldn't walk on the Sunday before I was due to play my first match."

Interview: Tim Henman

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