Tim Henman believes his style of play can make life very difficult for world No 1 Roger Federer when they meet in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami today.
The British No 1 is one of the few players on tour to hold a favourable headto-head record against the Swiss superstar and is 6-3 up in past meetings.
However, Federer has won their last two encounters and, as reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion, Henman knows his friend will take some beating.
However, the 30-year-old Briton is being upbeat about his chances.
"I feel like I've beaten him on enough occasions in the past," said Henman, after beating Radek Stepanek in straight sets to reach the last eight.
"I appreciate that he has beaten me the last couple of times, but there will definitely be a couple of things that I'll want to focus on from my point of view. If I do that, then I do feel like my style can unsettle him.
"There are plenty of guys on the circuit that have got far better groundstrokes than me - and he dominates them.
"That just emphasises the point that when I take his time away, I think it gives him far less opportunity to show the repertoire of shots that he has got. That's where I think I've had success in the past."
Henman's greatest asset is his ability to come to the net and dominate with his assured volleying.
"I want to be aggressive and take his time away," he added. "Again, there's that fine line. You don't want to be rushing everything, so suddenly that you make a whole host of unforced errors but I want to be aggressive and really have that feeling of going for it. Because, if I lose, big deal, I'm his 44th victim in a row, or 44th out of 45. It's not the end of the world.
"But I think I want to have that attitude to play freely and nothing to lose, (and) a lot to gain."
Federer, winner of the first Masters Series event in Indian Wells earlier this month, has dropped sets in his last two matches in Miami.
He saw off Mario Ancic to set up the last-eight clash with Henman, and is taking nothing for granted.
"Tim and I are good buddies. We get along well. He gives you a tough match because he keeps coming at you," the Swiss said.