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  Sunday, 2 September, 2001, 03:45 GMT 04:45 UK
Brits crushed at US Open
Tim Henman fell short at Flushing Meadows again
Tim Henman fell short at Flushing Meadows again
Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski could not hide their disappointment after crashing out of the US Open in the third round on Saturday.

The Britons were seeded to meet in a much anticipated fourth round clash but both fell to shock defeats.

Henman went down in five sets to Belgian Xavier Malisse and so failed to match his best showing of a fourth round place at Flushing Meadows.


David (Felgate) has helped me an enormous amount, especially about playing to strengths
Tim Henman
"It's very disappointing," he said. "It's a scenario I've been through before and it doesn't get any easier.

"From the first game it was a struggle and I never felt confident on the serve."

The match had an extra edge for Henman as he was taking on a player coached by his former mentor David Felgate.

"For me it's business out there," said Henman.

"But I'd be lying if I didn't think it was a little strange to see someone I've been associated with for so long up at the other end of the court.

"At this level of the game there aren't any secrets.

"It was a close match, he stuck in there, played well and you have to give him credit. He's got an enormous amount of ability and hit a lot of great shots.

"David has helped me an enormous amount, especially about playing to strengths. It's evident also to see he's been having success with Malisse.

Greg Rusedski
Greg Rusedski could not find the answer
"You've got a player who's very talented and a good coach. David's good mentally at maximising abilities."

Rusedski had shown flashes of his best form in the first two rounds but faded after taking the first set against Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina.

The British number two lost the following three sets and admitted that he had again fallen short when it came to Grand Slam tennis.

"The thing was, he came up with the tennis and I didn't raise my level of play the way I needed to.

"You look at the guys who win Slams, they have a gear just to shift to slightly and I'm missing that at the moment. That's what I need to work on for next year."

Despite the disappointment, Rusedski was determined to look at the positives after returning from a prolonged period of injury problems.

"I have to look at it in two ways," he said. "Last season was a total write-off. It was just terrible.

"This year I've made fourth round Australian, second round French, fourth round Wimbledon and third round here.

"Next year, I want to be getting to quarters, semis, finals and trying to win Slams."

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BBC Sport's Barry Millns
"Fourteen double faults undermined Henman's cause"
Britain's Tim Henman
"I never felt comfortable with my serve"
Belgium's Xavier Malisse
"This is the greatest experience of my life"
Greg Rusedski
"I did everything I could and he came up with the tennis"
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