TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) _ Defending champion Tim Henman of Britain and top-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov won semifinal- round matches in the President's Cup on Saturday.

The second-seeded Henman outplayed fourth-seeded Nicolas Escude of France 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Kafelnikov easily ousted Frenchman Cedric Pioline 6-2, 6-2.

The 24-year-old Russian had beaten the third-seeded Pioline in nine of 10 previous matches.

Henman expects a tough finals in the ATP Tour event Sunday.

``I met Kafelnikov six or seven times and won only twice,'' he said.

Both players still have a chance to earn a berth in the ATP Championship in Hanover, Germany later this year. Marcelo Rios, Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter already have enough points to qualify.