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2005 Mar 04 - Davis Cup: Level at 1-1

Great Britain and Israel are tied at 1-1 after the opening day in Tel Aviv - Greg Rusedski made light work of Harel Levy 6-4 6-3 6-0 but Alex Bogdanovic crashed in straight sets 7-6(3) 6-2 6-2.

After the match Greg told BBC Sport:

"I'm really pleased, it was difficult conditions so to win in straight sets is always nice.

"I've got a lot of experience and in the third set I started to play really well."

Despite going a break up in the opening set Alex was unable to press home the advantage. Disappointed with the result, he said:

"I didn't really take my chances today and he managed to turn the match around. I think if I had won the first set it would have been a different story.

"I definitely think I can improve a lot on this one. I've got to go back and learn what I didn't do well.

"It was my second Davis Cup match and it was tough at times but it was a great lesson out there. You can only get better from here and you are going to learn from stuff like this."

Jeremy Bates (Great Britain captain) told Radio Five Live:

"I have phenomenal belief in Alex and I believe he could have won that match but it's a five-set match, and over three hours matches do go up and down.

"It's always disappointing to lose but realistically it's where we expected to be."

Andrew Murray and David Sherwood will make their debut appearances for Great Britain tomorrow. They will play together in the doubles rubber against Israeli pair Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

LIVE coverage will be shown on the BBC from the 4-6 March.


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