Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Sampras Tops Bjorkman To Tune Up For Davis Cup

With the Davis Cup final on his mind, Pete Sampras beat Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman on Friday to reach the semifinals of the $6 million Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany.

Sampras and his United States teammates will face Sweden, whose top player is Bjorkman, at the end of November for tennis' most prestigious team trophy. Sampras used his booming serve to win 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, but the match was decided when Bjorkman double-faulted at key points in both sets. "I'm going to play him again in six weeks in a big match, so I was definitely motivated," Sampras said. "It's been on my mind since the day I saw the draw for the tournament." He next faces Britain's Greg Rusedski, who rallied to beat Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1. U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter of Australia will meet Czech Petr Korda in the other semifinal. First prize in the tournament is $1.5 million. TENNIS Fromberg Reaches Romanian Semifinals Unseeded Australian Richard Fromberg beat fourth-seeded Italian Albert Portas 6-4, 6-3, leaving just one seeded player in the semifinals of the Romanian Open. The survivor was Germany's Kevin Goellner, seeded No. 7. He outlasted Carlos Costa of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Vince Spadea of the United States gained his first semifinal of the season, beating fellow American Justin Gimelstob 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at the $400,000 Toulouse (France) Open. The 5.0 men's team from Kings Point Racquet Club in Belleville finished the first day of round-robin competition with a 2-0 record in the USTA League Tennis Adult National Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in New York. The No. 1 doubles team of Joe Vassen and Ed Abilez led the way with two victories as Kings Point beat teams from Seattle and West Bloomfield, Mich., by scores of 2-1. BOXING MGM Grand Ends Deal With Tyson First Mike Tyson was banned from boxing. Now he's been tossed from the hotel where he fought his big fights since being released from prison. …

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