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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Delgado & Lee crash out at SW19
By Mark Orlovac
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Jamie Delgado
Delgado earned a wildcard after winning the LTA wildcard play-off
Jamie Delgado and Martin Lee both failed to make the third round at Wimbledon for the first time after losing their second-round matches.

Delgado, ranked 447, took a set off out-of-sorts 15th seed Sebastien Grosjean but ended up on the wrong end of a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-3 defeat.

Grosjean will now meet 18th seed Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.

Lee meanwhile, started well in his clash with 22nd seed Jarkko Nieminen but lost 6-4 6-0 6-3.

The result puts Nieminen, who is married to Finland's leading badminton player Anu, into the third round at Wimbledon for only the second time.

And roared on by a small but vocal bunch of flag-waving fans, the baseliner was put under pressure by the 28-year-old Lee in the opening stages.

I did not play that badly but Jarkko was at a higher level than me

Martin Lee
Lee did go 4-3 behind after losing his serve in the opening set but had the chance to hit straight back when he claimed his first break point in the next game as Nieminen served up three double faults.

Nieminen was able to hang on and closed out the set before producing some superb groundstrokes to easily take the second set in just 21 minutes as Lee's earlier exertions seemed to catch up with him.

Lee, the British number six who is currently working his way back up the rankings after a host of injuries, drew a big cheer as he won his first game in nine at the start of the third.

But the wildcard had run out of steam and Nieminen broke Lee to love in the fifth to set himself up for victory.

Martin Lee
Lee is 234 places below Nieminen in the rankings
"I did not play that badly but Jarkko was at a higher level than me," said Lee. "And that is where I need to be.

"This is just one tournament for me, I play every week trying to get my ranking back into the top 100.

"I have made good progress but I know I can go further. I am looking at the whole picture and in the next six months or so I want to get better."

Delgado looked as if he was going to be on the wrong end of a hiding after going 3-0 down in the opening set.

But he fought back to trail 4-3 only to be broken as the Frenchman, a two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist, closed out the first set in 30 minutes.

Grosjean, who has struggled for form of late, lost his way in the second set with some loose shots and Delgado took advantage to level the match.

There have been a couple of moments this year when I felt a bit low

Jamie Delgado
But that was the last bit of joy for Delgado, who has seen his ranking slip from 257 to 447, as Grosjean had little trouble in claiming the next two sets to win in two hours 13 minutes.

"I was playing more aggressively in the second set and I should have kept going and should have gone for it a bit more," said Delgado.

"At times I played some pretty good tennis but I did not take a couple of my chances.

"At the beginning of the third set I was looking across at him a little bit and it looked like there was maybe something up with him and I sort of lost my concentration.

"I should have been focusing a bit more on what I was doing. I just lost a little bit of my edge there. I think that was my chance.

"There have been a couple of moments this year when I felt a bit low but I have been working with a new coach and since then I've been happy and started to pick up my game again."

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