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Youzhny, Schuettler go for Munich title

  |   May 4, 2002 at 3:48 PM
MUNICH, Germany, May 4 (UPI) -- Russian Mikhail Youzhny reached his first career final and will face local favorite Rainer Schuettler in the $381,000 BMW Open.

Youzhny posted a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Moroccan sixth seed Younes El Aynaoui in the semifinals of the claycourt tournament Saturday. The 19-year-old Youzhny improved to 7-10 on the year. He previously reached the semifinals at Casablanca where he lost to El Aynaoui.

El Aynaoui was seeking his third title of the year and had won his previous two meetings with Youzhny.

Schuettler cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Radek Stepanek of the Czech Repbulic in Saturday's other semifinal. The 26-year-old Schuettler is seeking his third career title and first since Shanghai last year.

Schuettler reached the semifinals at the Doha and Scottsdale hardcourt events and is looking to become the first German to win this event since Michael Stich lifted the 1994 Munich trophy.

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