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Magnus Larsson produced aces when he needed them to end Yevgeny Kafelnikov's challenge in his first grass-court tournament, the Halle Grand Prix, with a 7-6 7-6 victory in the semi- finals. Today he will face Michael Stich, a straight-sets winner against Wally Masur. The eighth-seeded Larsson, a French Open semi-finalist, saved five set-points before taking the first-set tiebreak with an ace after his 20-year-old Russian opponent had led the decider 3-1. Kafelnikov did at least show that his his game is potentially very effective on grass.