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2004 Oct 16 - Rusedski in Moscow final

Greg Rusedski crushed Slovak Dominik Hrbaty 6-4 6-3 to claim his place in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia.

In the first set it was Greg who claimed a single break of serve which proved to be all he needed to serve out the set.

Applying pressure on the Hrbaty serve early in the second set proved rewarding as Greg broke the Slovak and held on to close out the match.

Greg will now face Russian Nikolai Davydenko in the final. The two players have met only one before on clay at Roland Garros. Nikolai won this match in three straight sets and will hold a psychological advantage over the British No.2.

After his defeat of Dominik Hrbaty, Greg said:

"It was a good match. I volleyed very well today and it was a key point as Dominik returns well."

"I'm happy with the way I played. I feel I am getting better each match and I look forward to playing Davydenko in the final.

"I haven't played here in a while, it didn't work out in my schedule but this week I decided to come here."

Nikolai Davydenko is pleased to be facing Greg in the final but was exhausted by his own efforts after defeating compatriot Mikhail Youzhny in a close semi-final match 7-5 6-7(5) 7-5. He said:

"I will need help to recover for the final.

"You have to move so much on this slow surface, I had to work hard for every point.

"I thought I was dying out there but I kept moving and fighting. You can call it a little miracle that I won today.

"Rusedski is a serve-and-volley player and I prefer him to Hrbaty which would have been another baseline match."

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