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BECKER COOLS STICH IN HOT GERMAN BATTLE

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Boris Becker had the cooler head and better hands in the latest showdown between the two best German tennis players in the world.

Becker, seeded third, staged an impressive second-set comeback to upset top-seeded Michael Stich 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Volvo International on Saturday.Becker will meet No. 7 seed Marc Rosset, who beat sixth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in a night match. Kafelnikov had advanced to the semifinal earlier Saturday when he completed quarterfinal suspended by rain during the third set Friday night.

Rosset and Becker have met twice before, but not this year. The series is even.

Becker was down 3-0 before he started his climb back against Stich. The key to Becker's victory came when he broke Stich in the ninth game to cut his deficit to 5-4.

Becker held serve the next game, and Stich couldn't recover. He was broken by Becker again after complaining to the chair umpire that Becker was delaying the game.

"I said you have to play the pace of the server, and he's not been ready," Stich repeated to the umpire after the game.

Becker then held service for the match.

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In Montreal, top-seeded Steffi Graf

moved into Sunday's final at the $1 million Matinee International women's tennis tournament by beating fourth-seeded Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-4 Saturday. She also avenged a straight-set loss against Pierce at the French Open early in June. Graf will face second-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the title match.