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Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 19:12 GMT
Enqvist win bad news for Henman
Thomas Enqvist
Enqvist warms to Federer's challenge in Basle
Sweden's Thomas Enqvist beat Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 6-1 to win the $1m Basle ATP event on Sunday.

It was a disappointment for world number 34 Federer, who was just one set away from winning his first tour event in his hometown.

Enqvist's determination, however, carried him through to the 18th title of his career and, in doing so, he stole a march on Tim Henman in the battle for Masters Cup places.

Henman was hoping to overhaul Enqvist and qualify for the prestigious eight-man, end-of-season world championship in Lisbon in November.

Advantage

But the Briton lost to the Swede at the semi-final stage in Basle, and Enqvist's five-set triumph over Federer will have cemented his ranking points advantage when the new lists are published on Monday.

Federer, in his second final of the year after losing to compatriot Marc Rosset in Marseille, might have won this final had he shown a little more determination.

Tim Henman
Henman needs change of fortune to reach Lisbon
Federer lost his serve in the first game of the match, setting the tone as he went on to lose the first set.

He hit back to level after winning the second set 6-4 and might have won the third had he converted two set points at 6-5 and 40-15 on his own service.

Federer clinched the fourth set in just 20 minutes as he bounced back but his performance was as good in that set as it was bad in the final one and Enqvist was crowned champion.

"I was really lucky to win the third set," Enqvist said afterwards.

Federer will now play four events one after the other - Stuttgart, Lyon, Paris-Bercy and Stockholm - in a bid to to break into the world's top 20.

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