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Sunday, 9 February, 2003, 04:09 GMT
Bogdanovic spares British blushes
Alex Bogdanovic on his way to victory over Todd Woodbridge
Bogdanovic confirmed his potential in Sydney
Final tie score: Australia 4-1 Great Britain

Match four: Wayne Arthurs beat Miles Maclagan 4-6 6-1 6-4

Match five: Alex Bogdanovic beat Todd Woodbridge 6-2 7-6

Alex Bogdanovic made sure that Great Britain averted a whitewash in their Davis Cup tie with Australia by beating Todd Woodbridge in Sydney.

Bogdanovic won in straight sets after seeing team-mate Miles Maclagan lose the fourth tie of the match in three sets to Wayne Arthurs.

Teenager Bogdanovic, who had impressed despite losing in straight sets to Lleyton Hewitt on Friday, was scheduled to face Mark Philippoussis.

But the tall Australian was rested, leaving Woodbridge, a superb doubles player who has suffered in singles competition, to take over.

The left-handed Bogdanovic strolled through the first set before falling behind in the second.

Miles Maclagan
Maclagan faded after the first set
At 5-2 down, the Yugoslavian-born player broke back and forced the set to a tie-break, during which his big serve prevailed.

Earlier, Maclagan had made a bright start against the Arthurs, taking the opening set thanks to one break of serve.

However, it was a different story in the second set as Arthurs began to find to his rhythm and the left-hander broke Maclagan twice to storm through the set 6-1 in just 20 minutes.

The momentum was firmly with the world number 44 now and one break of serve in the third set was enough to take it 6-4.

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