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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Clinical Henman Set for Becker Semi

MUNICH, Germany -- Britain's Tim Henman displayed the nerves of an accomplished gambler to reach the semifinals of the casino tournament of tennis -- the lucrative Grand Slam Cup.


Henman showed a killer instinct and experience beyond his 22 years to defeat American Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in 75 minutes, earning $431,250 in the process.


Henman, who gained a place in the tournament only after late withdrawals, now takes on local hero and Australian Open champion Boris Becker in Saturday's semifinals where $812,500 will be at stake. The winner will get a shot at the top prize of $1.625 million.


The Wimbledon quarterfinalist has now more than doubled his prize money for the year with two victories at the Munich tournament.


Becker booked his place in the last four Thursday with a straightforward 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Swiss Jakob Hlasek.


Henman is the first British player to contest the $6 million cup. But the Englishman showed composure in a tight first set that he clinched 7-3 in the tiebreak. Neither player gave away anything in the first 12 games when both were serving and volleying well on the fast indoor surface.


But when the set went to a tiebreak, Henman served with authority and hit the ball with great pace. Washington's nerve seemed to wilt under the pressure. He served a double fault to give Henman a 6-3 lead and set point.


The American then hit a forehand wide in the next point to hand the Briton the set after 40 minutes. After that Henman ran away with the match, breaking Washington's serve in the second and fourth games of the second.


Becker completed a routine day's work to make sure of his $681,250 Christmas bonus. The three-time Wimbledon champion took just 58 minutes to defeat Hlasek who came out of retirement to play here.


In Friday's quarterfinal Goran Ivanisevic beat Australia's Mark Woodforde, 6-4, 6-4.


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Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands is to undergo surgery on his injured right knee and will miss next month's Australian Open tennis championships.