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2005 Jan 20 - Rusedski out in second round

Greg Rusedski struggled to cope with American Andy Roddick as he crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round 6-0 3-6 6-2 6-3.

In the first set the British No.2 struggled to get going, while the World No.2 hit the ground running and was playing sublime tennis. The result was a donut for the Briton, 6-0.

A new Greg Rusedski appeared in the second set and held his serve with ease, then decisively broke the American and held on for 3-6 to level the match.

The lucky breaks then fell to Andy in the third set with the net-cord playing it's part in scuppering Greg's chances of holding serve at 3-2. Andy then wasted no time in running off the last two games for 6-2.

Having lost his previous two service games at the end of the third set Greg needed a good start in the forth... but he was broken immediately. As the American had been giving away very few opportunities on his own serve the single break was all he needed to coast home 6-3 in the final set.

After the match Greg said:

"I didn't play as well I would like and Andy played very well. My best wasn't good enough.

"I want to get back into the world top 20 and I've got six months with no points to defend.

"I just have to play to a better standard than today."


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