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2004 Sep 26 - Davis Cup: Austria 1-1 GB

Despite a complete washout yesterday there was a full day of Davis Cup action from Portschach today, with Great Britain and Austria are currently tied at 1-1 but trailing 4-6 6-1 2-6 in the doubles rubber before play was suspended.

Rubber 1: Singles - Tim Henman opened up against Stefan Koubek but never got a foothold in the match and crashed in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-1.

Rubber 2: Singles - Greg Rusedski started slowly against Jurgen Melzer and dropped the first set before fighting back to take the next three sets and win 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(4).

Rubber 3: Doubles - Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski teamed up against up Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya. The Austrians took the first set and the British pair comfortably took the second but the Austrians claimed the third before diminishing light ended play with the score at 4-6 6-1 2-6.

After Greg's successful singles rubber he said:

"I knew I was hitting the ball well but I was missing a few shots.

"Even when I was a break down in the fourth set I knew I could come back."

And Jeremy Bates (Great Britain Captain) added:

"I think that was one of the most inspired performances Greg has ever had on a clay court. That was just courage out there.

"He had a hell of a journey to get here at the weekend, he's only had five days to acclimatise from the American hard courts and with the pressure on him to perform with us 1-0 down, that was a great effort."

Tim Henman was less impressed with his performance in the singles. He said:

"Stefan played okay but I definitely contributed to that.

"If you give your opponent that kind of lead you are going to make life pretty difficult for yourself."

Play is scheduled to resume at 10:00 in the morning.


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