Henman’s  seventh consecutive final lost. He was an optically better player until 5-all in the tie-break, when he committed a double fault not risking the second serve, and he lost ten straight points in total. The Brit had break points in three games of the opener while comfortably holding. When he led (40/15) at 5-all, he made volley & slice errors. Enqvist  converted his fifth match point with a forehand net-cord (the ball dropped on Henman’s side very close to the net). The Swede won the championship match mainly thanks to the backhand which was working tremendously well, especially cross-court. En route to the final Henman had defeated Sampras (the only time in his career – 7 meetings) and Kuerten, who was the best in the world at the time.
Enqvist’s route to his 17th title:
1 Andrei Pavel 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(7)
2 Harel Levy 6-4, 6-1
3 Max Mirnyi 6-4, 6-3
Q Fernando Vicente 7-5, 6-1
S Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-2
W Tim Henman 7-6(5), 6-4
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