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Britain's Chris Wilkinson beat Poland's Wajtek Kowalski 7-5, 6-4 and will play either David Rikl, the Czech Republic No 2 seed, or Chris Woodruff, of the United States, in the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger event in Heilbronn, Germany.

The lucrative men's Grand Slam Cup, usually held each December, is to be played earlier in 1997 because of the clash with the Davis Cup final and the ATP Tour World Championship. The Grand Slam committee said yesterday it was not ideal for the ATP championship, the Davis Cup final and the Grand Slam Cup to be played consecutively at the end of a long season. The 1996 event will be held as scheduled in Munich from 3-8 December but a new date for next year would be set following further discussions with the ATP tour.