Henman bundled out of Paris Masters

4th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 4 (AFP) - Defending champion Tim Henman crashed out of the EUR 2.45 million Paris Masters on Thursday tamely surrendering the title he won so impressively last year.

PARIS, Nov 4 (AFP) - Defending champion Tim Henman crashed out of the EUR 2.45 million Paris Masters on Thursday tamely surrendering the title he won so impressively last year.

The third seeded Briton lost 7-5, 6-1 to unseeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny who now goes on to face Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek for a place in the semi-finals.

The 22-year-old Russian is one of the form players at the moment having clinched the St Petersburg title last weekend as well as finishing runner-up to countryman Marat Safin in Beijing in September.

Youzhny didn't allow Henman a single break point in the first set and took the opener after 42 minutes when the 30-year-old Briton hit a lazy forehand long.

It was one of many errors throughout the encounter for Henman who never got out of first gear in front of a subdued and half-empty stadium.

He found himself playing an opponent who was on top of his service game, was prepared to fire winners from all parts of the court and was not afraid to match Henman volley for volley.

Youzhny, who wrapped up a memorable Davis Cup final for Russia against France on this same court two years ago when he fought back from two sets down in the deciding set, raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set.

There was a temporary blip when Henman broke back to trail 3-1 but back came Youzhny to regain his double-break advantage to go 4-1 and held for 5-1.

A dispirited Henman then served up a weak service game and a poor, disinterested forehand dropped into the net to put him out of his agony.

It was his fifth successive service game he had lost.

Later Thursday, top seeded Andy Roddick faces Belarussian qualifier Max Mirnyi while second seed Lleyton Hewitt meets Chile's Olympic champion Nicolas Massu.

Argentinian 13th seed Guillermo Canas beat Germany's Tommy Haas 7-6 (7/4),6-2 to reach the quarter-finals and now meets either Spain's Feliciano Lopez or 11th seeded Romanian Andrei Pavel, last year's runner-up, for a place in the semi-finals.

© AFP

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