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DAVIS CUP (Geneva) Semi-final: Switzerland lead Brazil 2-0 (M Rosset bt J Oncins 6-3 7-5 7-5; J Hlasek bt L Mattar 6-2 6-3 6-7 6-3).

BORIS BECKER and Michael Stich, the former Wimbledon champions, both had straight-set victories in opening singles to give Germany a 2-0 lead over Belgium in their Davis Cup World Group relegation play-off yesterday. Germany will keep their position in the 16-team World Group by taking Saturday's doubles.

WORLD GROUP Qualifying round (Moscow): CIS lead South Korea 2-0 (A Volkov bt Chang Hui-Jong 6-2 6-2 6-2; A Cherkasov bt Shin Han-Chzol 6-2 6-4 6-0. (Essen): Germany lead Belgium 2-0 (M Stich bt B Wuyts 6-3 6-4 6-4; B Becker bt F Dewulf 6-4 6-4 6-4. (New Delhi): India lead Great Britain 1-0 (L Paes bt J Bates 6-2 6-7 7-5 6-1; M Petchey level with R Krishnan 3-6 6-3 3-6 7-6 (to finish). (Aviles): Spain lead Israel 2-0 (J Arrese bt G Bloom 6-1 7-5 6-4; C Costa bt E Ran 6-2 7-5 6-0. (The Hague): The Netherlands are level with Uruguay 1-1 (Neth names first) (R Krajicek bt D Perez 6-2 6-4 7-6; P Haarhuis lost to M Filippini 6-3 6-7 6-1 1-6 1-6. (Aarhus): Argentina are level 1-1 with Denmark (A Mancini bt F Fetterlein 2-6 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-5; G Markus lost to K Carlsen 7-6 4-6 3-6 1-6).

EUROPEAN/AFRICAN ZONE Group Two (Luxembourg): Luxembourg lead Greece 2-0.

(Harare): Zimbabwe 1 Morocco 1.

NICHIREI WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT (Tokyo) Quarter-finals: K Maleeva (Bul) bt M Werdel US) 6-4 6-4; M J Fernandez (US) bt K Nagatsuka (Jap) 6-0 6-2; M Seles (Yug) bt N Sawamatsu (Jap) 6-1 6-0; G Sabatini (Arg) bt K Date (Jap) 6-4 6-2.

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