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2004 Jan 20 - Aus Open: Rusedski loses to Costa

Greg Rusedski was unable to dispose of the 26th seed Spaniard Albert Costa in the first round of the Australian Open as he lost 6-4 6-3 6-4

The first set was a close encounter, with Albert doing enough to keep his nose in front at 5-4. Greg then needed to hold his serve to stay in the set, but found himself 15-40 down. He managed to save both set-points, but another break point quickly followed which Greg was unable to shackle.

Set two saw Albert up the tempo and break serve to take a 3-0 lead. Greg then consolidated his service game for 3-1, then shocked the Spaniard by breaking back to 3-2. Greg's spring then returned to his step, but it was Albert who then hit a batch of stunning shots to recover the break advantage which he held to take the set 6-3.

The third set couldn't have started worse for Greg as he lost his serve immediately for 1-0. That's no disrespect to Albert who hit some wonderful shots including a stunning lob. Greg then broke back quite comfortably, first matching the baseliner shot for shot and then charging the net to finish off the points on the volley. Then followed a run of games on serve, until Greg was broken again for 5-4 leaving Albert to serve out the match.

This leaves Tim Henman to fly the flag for Great Britain. He is set to face Jean-Rene Lisnard of France at 8.30am today LIVE on British Eurosport!

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