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2005 Jun 01 - Rusedski crashes at Surbiton

Greg Rusedski was dealt a shock first round exit by Italian Daniele Bracciali 7-6(4) 7-6(5) at The Surbiton Trophy in Surrey.

The result disrupts Greg's preparations for another assault on The Wimbledon Championships which starts on the 20th June.

After the match Greg said:

"He (Bracciali) was just too good today and he must have been serving at around 90 per cent. When a guy is hitting the corners like he was you just have to say too good. "I am happy with my own game and two tie break sets here in Surbiton is better than none at all."

Greg told BBC Sport:

"Hopefully I can start a bit of a run before Wimbledon. I need to get my game together and get used to moving forward again.

"I need to get in as many matches as I can on grass in the next three weeks."

Elsewhere in the tournament, there was more disappointment as no British player made the Quarter Finals.


Jonathan Marray was defeated in the first round by American Amer Delic 6-2 6-4.

Jamie Delgado defeated Brazilian Andre Sa in the first round 6-3 6-4, before losing to Greg's conqueror Daniele Bracciali in the second round 6-2 6-3.

Alan Mackin continued his rain delayed first round match today against Frenchman Anthony Dupuis but lost in straight sets 6-2 6-3.

WOMEN'S EVENT (all second round matches)

Elena Baltacha took the opening set against Puerto Rican Vilmarie Castellvi before losing 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Anne Keothavong was forced to retire due to knee problems at 3-6 1-3 in her match against American Laura Granville.

Amanda Janes crashed in straight sets to another Puerto Rica Kristina Brandi 6-4 7-5.

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