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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 January, 2004, 03:50 GMT
Rusedski wins on return
AAPT Championships, Adelaide

Greg Rusedski
Rusedski looked in good form against Waw
Greg Rusedski enjoyed an easy win on his comeback from injury.

The British number two beat Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, 6-4 6-2 in a rain-delayed game in Adelaide.

Rusedski was leading 6-4 3-1 before rain was stopped on Tuesday and wasted little time when the match resumed.

"I was pleased with the way it went. I definitely played well for my first game back. I enjoyed being out there and it's a building process," he said.

Rusedski was also boosted by the news that he will next face unseeded Frenchman Cyril Saulnier, who ousted American fourth seed Robby Ginepri 6-3 6-4.

I don't have as big a team around me any more so that has taken a lot of the pressure off - I'm coach, physio and kit-man out there
Greg Rusedski

"I've come out to Australia early to prepare for the Australian Open and every match I play I will get better and more confident," said Rusedski.

"I haven't set any goals, I just want to enjoy my tennis, have fun and do my best.

"I don't have as big a team around me any more so that has taken a lot of the pressure off and made it easier to relax - I'm coach, physio and kit-man out there.

"There are also some advantages to being older. The mind knows what to do, even if the body doesn't always follow suit."

Rusedski had been on the sidelines since losing his singles matches in last September's Davis Cup defeat in Morocco.

The 30-year-old injured his back in that tie to cap an unlucky 2003 which also saw him suffer foot and knee problems.


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