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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Hilton stuns Costa
By Nick Crowther and Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Mark Hilton
Hilton resumed the match leading 5-1 on Thursday
Britain's Mark Hilton reached the second round for the first time with an impressive win over Albert Costa.

The 23-year-old from Chester had lost in the first round on his two previous appearances in SW19.

But, resuming at 5-1, he won the first set with a forehand winner and though he was broken early in the second, he broke back twice to take it 6-4.

Costa, the 2002 French Open champion, lost his serve early in the third and Hilton claimed a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory.

Hilton turned professional in 2000 and had previously appeared at Wimbledon in 2001 and 2003, making early exits on both occasions.

And the world number 479 admitted he had recently considered giving up the sport.

It's nice to come out on the big stage and perform the way I did
Mark Hilton
"To be honest I've had an ordinary year, but I've been working hard and thought the results would come," he said.

"At the start of the year I wasn't sure I wanted to carry on but I persevered. It's nice to come out on the big stage and perform the way I did.

"Obviously he wasn't that comfortable on the grass and I thought if I stayed relaxed I could rattle him."

Jonny Marray could not follow Hilton's lead as he wasted two match points before losing to Karol Beck in five dramatic sets.

The match resumed with the score at one set all and Marray leading by a break, which he converted to take the set.

Beck then took control of the match, easing through the third set and taking an early break in the fifth.

Marray stormed back to lead 5-3 but failed to serve out, and had two match points before going down 6-4 6-7 4-6 6-3 10-8.

"Losing is not great," said Marray, "but when you have a few match points it's even worse."

Fellow Briton Lee Childs was outclassed 6-2 6-1 6-3 in his first-round encounter with 12th seed Sjeng Schalken.

The 22-year-old reached the second round last year but 12th seed Schalken, making his 10th consecutive appearance in SW19, made his experience tell.

Childs could not make any impression as the Dutchman powered his way into the second round with a dominant display.

Childs looked out of his depth and his defeat was confirmed all too quickly in the third set.


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