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Enqvist Captures Eurocard


Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, helped by a controversial call, upset defending champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 Sunday to win the Eurocard Open, his second title of the year.

In winning the 2 1/2-hour match, Enqvist survived 25 aces by Krajicek.

"This week was some of the best tennis I've played for a long time," said Enqvist, who had upset top-ranked Andre Agassi in the semifinals.

The 13th-seeded Swede gained the vital break of serve for a 6-5 lead in the final set with the help of a dubious call that ruled his passing shot down the line to be good. Krajicek questioned the call for a long time and spent the changeover arguing with the chair umpire.

In the 1993 final of the Stuttgart tournament, Krajicek lost to Michael Stich when his serve was called long, although he thought he had served an ace.

Krajicek, who was seeded eighth, was seeking his third title at the $2.45 million tournament.

Enqvist received $376,000 for the 15th title of his career.

He also moved into eighth place in the race to the ATP Tour World Championship Nov. 23-28 at Hanover, Germany. The season-ending tournament brings together the top eight players of the year. Krajicek is in 10th place.

Enqvist dominated at the start of the match with a solid all-court game against one of the biggest servers in tennis.

Krajicek got back into the match in the third set. He frustrated Enqvist by firing three aces to save three break points in the ninth game and broke Enqvist's serve to win the set.

Enqvist was down a break in the final set, but a Krajicek double-fault in the fifth game put the match back on serve.

Enqvist won the tournament in Adelaide at the start of the year and went on to reach the final of the Australian Open. But he then went into a long slump. He entered the Eurocard Open ranked No. 18.

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