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2005 Jun 06 - Queen's Club - Day 1

Greg Rusedski defeated compatriot Josh Goodall 6-3 6-4 in the first round of the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's Club.

The British No. 2 played as well as he has done all season, wrapping up the match in only 52 minutes and with an impressive 21 aces. In the second round he will face either the Swede Jonas Bjorkman or the Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

After the match Greg said:

"I thought my serve speed was good and the accuracy was pretty good.

"It was a good match to get the first grass court season underway really.

"I've just been working on the serve to be more aggressive on it and to hit it and just be more positive with it. That's the way I have to play.

The way the guys return these days and the way you have those baseliners, you've just got to be really aggressive."

Andrew Murray defeated Spaniard Santiago Ventura 6-1 6-2 to claim his first ATP win.

The reigning US Open boy's champion wrapped up his opening round match in just 44 minutes, and will now face either the American Taylor Dent or the German Tomas Behrend in the second round.

After the match Andrew said:

"It was my first match on grass, and obviously I only had a day and a half practice after my French Open [junior] semi and I didn't play so well there.

"I managed to come out, I played a pretty good match today. The guy wasn't so good on grass, but still it was tough for me because I hadn't really got any practice in before."

Alan Mackin was the only British qualifier to reach the main draw, but despite competing well against the far more experienced Russian Igor Andreev he eventually fell 7-5 4-6 6-3.

Tim Henman will face American Robbie Ginepri in his first round match on Tuesday.


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