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2005 May 09 - Rusedski wins on clay

Greg Rusedski secured his first ATP Tour victory on clay since 2001 as he battled 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 against German wildcard Philipp Petzschner at the Tennis Masters Hamburg in Germany.

The first set was so close that it had to be settled with a tie-break, which Greg dominated from the start and held on to take the opener.

In a tight second set a single break of serve for the German levelled the match.

The final set had only just begun with Greg holding serve before a rain delay halted proceedings. When they returned to action Greg imposed himself on the game to snatch a double break and claim a well deserved victory.

Draws this clay court season have not been kind to Greg, who has faced both Roger Federer and Andy Roddick in opening rounds. But in Hamburg he has finally been given a realistic opportunity to progress.

Greg said:

"I'm just really happy to have had a good draw for a change and get through.

"I have won a few clay court matches in Davis Cup, so I know it's a surface I can get results on."

In the second round Greg will meet compatriot Tim Henman should be overturn German Lars Burgsmuller later today.


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