Although Henman's world ranking remains at No 11, based on his 14 best tournaments over a rolling 52-week period, only this season's results earn qualification for the eight-man ATP Tour finale from 23-29 November.
The British No 1, who recovered from a stomach upset to defeat Kafelnikov, was fortunate in the opening set. Kafelnikov, serving for the set, hit three double-faults, and Henman then had a lucky net cord. On match point, Kafelnikov hit a good passing shot as Henman attacked, the Briton launching himself at the ball and landing a volley over the net.
"It was not a classic confrontation by any means," Henman said, "but I'm pleased."Reuse content