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Malisse in Citrix Tennis Final

March 11, 2001

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Xavier Malisse defeated qualifier Peter Wessels 7-5, 6-4 Saturday to move into the final of the Citrix Tennis Championships.

Malisse, 20, will be seeking his first ATP title while playing in his third final _ his second at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, but first on a hard court.

The Belgian, who blew 4-1 leads in both sets, will play the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between fourth-seeded Jan-Michael Gambill and hard-serving Wayne Arthurs, who upset fellow Australian and top-seed Patrick Raftered in a quarterfinal match on Friday.

Malisse lost title matches in Mexico City in 1998 and to Lleyton Hewitt here in 1999 when it was a clay-court tournament.

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