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2004 Oct 17 - Rusedski defeated in final

Greg Rusedski earned three match points but failed to convert any as he suffered a disappointing 3-6 6-3 7-5 defeat to Russia's Nikolai Davydenko in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Both players shared the first two sets but it was the Russian who held his nerve in a thrilling final set by saving three match points on his own serve then rushing to a 0-40 lead on the Rusedski serve and breaking at 30-40. With the set poised at 6-5 Greg needed to break the Russian to force a tie-breaker but he was unable to make any headway.

After the match Greg said:

"I had three match points and, you know, one let cord... I guess it was supposed to be his week.

"That's the way it goes sometimes. My aim was to win this tournament and I'm obviously disappointed having wasted three match points."

"Obviously it has been a positive week, winning four matches and getting to the final."

The patriotic Nikolai Davydenko was overjoyed to claim his second ATP title of the year. He said:

"I've never dreamed of winning a grand slam or Davis Cup trophy - My biggest dream was winning here in Moscow.

"This has to be the biggest win of my career."

And the Russian was on cloud nine as he and Igor Andreev claimed the men's doubles title with an impressive 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Jonas Bjorkman.


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