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Kafelnikov Reaches Weber Semis

June 14, 2002

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HALLE, Germany (AP) _ Top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov overcame 22 double faults to beat Bohdan Ulihrach 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Friday and advance to the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open.

Kafelnikov, a two-time grand slam winner, reached the semifinals of a tournament for the first time since April.

Kavelnikov had nine double faults and wasted a 5-3 lead in the first set. He took control with a break to take a 5-3 lead in the second set, then broke Ulihrach’s serve twice to start the final set and won in 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Kafelnikov, a past Australian and French Open winner, won the Gerry Weber in 1997 and 1998. He last reached a semifinal at Marseille.

Roger Federer faces Russian Mikhail Youzhny later Friday.

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