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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 June, 2003, 13:47 GMT 14:47 UK
Rusedski too strong for Fish
Greg Rusedski
Rusedski won his 13th career title
Samsung Open

Greg Rusedski gave himself a pre-Wimbledon boost with a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over American Mardy Fish in the Samsung Open final in Nottingham.

Rusedski's powerful serving proved far too much for the number eight seed, who succumbed in only his second final in just under an hour.

The 1997 champion served notice of his intentions with two dominant service games before breaking the Fish serve in the fourth game of the match.

The 21-year-old American quickly became frustrated with his own game and inability to contend with his opponent's serve but he hung on to his remaining games before Rusedski served out for the set.

The Briton's serving in the second set was even more impressive as Fish struggled to return the ball.

Rusedski broke Fish in the fifth game and achieved the double break two games later before going on to wrap up his 13th career win.

To get this win and so much confidence is a great move
Greg Rusedski

The 29-year-old only resumed competitive tennis at the French Open last month after undergoing foot and knee surgery at the end of last year.

A neck injury further hampered his recovery and kept him off court for nine months.

"It's great to come here and play in Nottingham. The crowd are always great and really helped me this week," said Rusedski, who insisted he could be a danger at Wimbledon which starts on Monday.

"The pressure is definitely off but I'm going in to it in good form, and people are going to be worried about me.

"To get this win and so much confidence is a great move."

Unseeded Rusedski meets Germany's Alexander Waske in the first round at Wimbledon.


Ordina Open

Holland's third seed Sjeng Schalken beat countryman Raemon Sluiter 6-3 6-4 in the semi-final in Den Bosch on Saturday.

Defending champion Schalken, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year, will meet Arnaud Clement, the seventh seed, in Sunday's final.

The Frenchman beat unseeded Czech Jan Vacek 6-3 6-4 in the second semi-final.




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