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Sunday, October 10, 1999 Published at 19:38 GMT

Sport: Tennis

Henman loses marathon final

Karel Kucera held his nerve in the final set tie-break

Tim Henman lost a final set tie-break to Karel Kucera after battling back from 2-0 down at the Swiss Open final in Basle.

The BBC's Richard Eaden: "Almost four hours it took to separate two men"
Kucera came out on top 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, with Henman ruining his comeback by failing to make the most of a final set break of serve.

The British defending champion's break in the third game of the decider was followed by the loss of his next service game.

Kucera then took the set into the tie-break, which he won 7-2 after Henman double-faulted.

Slovakian Kucera had won the first set 6-4 and triumphed 12-10 in a second-set tie break.

But Henman produced a remarkable recovery and won the next two sets.

But it was all in vain as things went wrong for the British no 1 in the final set.

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