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  Friday, 31 August, 2001, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
Rusedski 'escaped disqualification'
Greg Rusedski
Rusedski was "not very proud" of his behaviour
Greg Rusedski was lucky not to be disqualified in the second round of the US Open, according to the man he defeated, Jonas Bjorkman.

Rusedski beat the Swede in four sets but got involved in a heated row with the umpire after being docked a point for "unsportsmanlike behaviour".

After losing the third set on a tiebreak, Rusedski hurled his racket across the court, for which he was given a code violation by umpire Denis Overberg.

The British number two lost his temper again after being broken in the fourth set and angrily hit a ball which struck a line judge.

"He was lucky that he didn't get disqualified," said Bjorkman.

Jonas Bjorkman
Bjorkman: Rules are rules

"We have a rule - he didn't mean anything but we've got to have rules as to what we can and can't do."

But the 29-year-old Swede said he could emphathise with his opponent.

"Once in a while, we all have to be a little upset.

"Once in a while, you do something that you maybe regret afterwards.

"I don't think he had ever done it before so that's nothing to think about too much."

A player can be disqualifed if a ball struck in anger hits one of the officials.

Tim Henman was eliminated from a doubles match at Wimbledon in 1995 after angrily striking a ball which accidentally hit a ballgirl.

'Harsh' penalty

Rusedski himself felt he had been unlucky to be docked a point for the offence.

"I felt it was a little bit unjust," said the former US Open runner-up.

"Fair enough, I hit him. I had no intention of doing that. He was out of his position when he moved - and it was on the bounce."

But he added that he would "rather handle it better next time".

"I don't feel very proud of that but it got me through the match," he said.

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