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RUSEDSKI, RAFTER IN HAMLET SEMIS

Greg Rusedski, who lost to Patrick Rafter in the finals of the U.S. Open last year, beat Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-3, then Rafter needed just 54 minutes to beat Nicolas Escude of France, 6-3, 6-2, to set up a semifinal meeting today in the Hamlet Cup in Commack, L.I.

Felix Mantilla of Spain will play Russian Marat Safin in the other semifinal.

Qualifier Sebastien Grosjean of France upset top-seeded Jonas Bjorkman, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1, and Michael Chang, Cedric Pioline and Paul Haarhuis also reached the semifinals in the MFS Pro Tennis Championship in Brookline, Mass.

In New Haven, Conn., Jana Novotna and Steffi Graf reached the final of the Pilot Pen International.

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