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2004 Oct 30 - Rusedski defeated but upbeat

Greg Rusedski was unable to reach his second Russian final in as many weeks as he faltered 3-6 6-3 6-4 against Mikhail Youzhny in semi-final of the St. Petersburg Open.

Despite taking the opening set convincingly the British No.2 was unable to stay with the impressive Russian who wrapped up the next two sets breaking Greg at regular intervals.

After the match Greg said:

"The first set went very well - the second and the third were not that good.

"His victory was a combination of both - my mistakes and his good return."

There was a pivotal moment in the second set as Greg was serving in the third game. He added:

"At 15-30, I had a ball which looked good but got a very close call which was out, giving him two break points.

"I think it just changed the momentum of the match, but I still had chances after that.

"But I've had two good weeks (in St Petersburg and in Moscow) with the final and the semis."


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