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2005 Apr 22 - Rusedski backs UFO landing

Greg Rusedski has never been at home on the red clay of Roland Garros and his expectations of winning the tournament are slim to none. He insisted just making the second week would be a "great result."

The British No.2 added:

"But realistically you'd get better odds of seeing a UFO land in Britain than me winning the French Open.

"I've been into the fourth round on two occasions, so I'll be looking to get through a few matches."

His preparation for the clay court season were hampered by a defeat to Roger Federer in the opening round of the Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo event but even Roger claimed the conditions didn't favour Greg that day.

Greg said:

"When the sun comes out and it's hot and warm you can play your tactical game, use serve-and-volley and mix it up a bit more.

"When it's damp you have to stay back and hit more groundstrokes. So if it's warm I have a good chance to do reasonably well.

"If not, it will be great preparation for the grass-court season coming up."

Looking forward to Wimbledon, Greg believes he still has what it takes to progress further than the quarter-finals he reached back in 1997.

"Every year I have a chance. It's just down to the way I play. If I have two magical weeks anything can happen.

"The way I play, there's no reason why I shouldn't do better."

Roland Garros begins on the 23 May, followed by Wimbledon on the 20 June.

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