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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June, 2004, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Rusedski out of Wimbledon
Final score: Rusedski 7-6 6-7 7-6 2-6 2-6 Schuettler.

All the action as Greg Rusedski is beaten by Rainer Schuettler in a five-set thriller.


Fifth set:

1714 BST: SCHUETTLER WINS

Rusedski 7-6 6-7 7-6 2-6 2-6 Schuettler
Schuettler is still full of running while Greg has wilted from the heat and exertion. Schuettler races in to get to a mishit return and set up two match points.
Rusedski saves one but puts his return long to give the German victory.

Rusedski 7-6 6-7 7-6 2-6 2-5 Schuettler
The set is racing away from Rusedski now and after another fine pass down the line sets up three break points, Schuettler takes the game with a whipped cross-court backhand.
The German will now serve for the match.

Rusedski 7-6 6-7 7-6 2-6 2-4 Schuettler
If Schuettler is edgy, Rusedski is not testing it out as he fails to put any pressure on the German's serve on the first two points. A whipped cross-court forehand, one of the shots of the day, makes it 40-0 and Rusedski puts a simple, high backhand slice approach wide to allow Schuettler to consoldiate the break.

Rusedski 7-6 6-7 7-6 2-6 2-3 Schuettler
Three double faults in a row make it three break points for Schuettler. The German takes the first one on offer.

Rusedski 7-6 6-7 7-6 2-6 2-2 Schuettler
Rusedski pulls out the fifth new racket from his kit bag after misfiring a couple of returns to give Schuettler an easy hold.

R'ski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 2-1 Schuettler
A shaky volley does not bode well. But Rusedski steels himself and rattles off three straight points to hold serve and stay in front in the final set.

R'ski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 1-1 Schuettler
Leading 30-0 on his serve, two unforced errors from Schuettler allow Rusedski back into the match and a net cord gives him break point. He fails to take the first one and gets two more chances - but puts two returns long to allow Schuettler to hold.

R'ski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 1-0 Schuettler
Rusedski holds serve to take the first game of the final set.

Fourth set:

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 Schuettler
Schuettler wins the set wrong-footing his rapidly tiring opponent.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-5 Schuettler
Rusedski's serving rate has dropped and combined with a couple of poor volleys, he finds himself a break point down. He pulls out an ace to make it deuce but two big returns give the German his second break of the set.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-4 Schuettler
The massage seems to have revived Rusedski but he can't make an impression on the Schuettler serve.

1635 BST: PLAY RESUMES

1632 BST: RUSEDSKI TIME OUT

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 2-3 Schuettler
Rusedski holds and this time the trainer is ready to attend to him at the change of ends. He lies flat on his back on the court as the trainer manipulates his neck - somewhat violently - and the umpire calls a medical time out.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 1-3 Schuettler
Rusedski is rubbing his shoulder but manages to get the game to deuce.
A backhand slice from Rusedski takes him into the net, but his volley is just long and Schuettler takes the next point to hold.

1622 BST: Rusedski has called for the trainer after his fall, but he fails to materialise and the umpire calls the players to get the fourth game under way.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 1-2 Schuettler
Rusedski takes a big tumble as he loses his first service point. He dusts himself off but serves back-to-back double faults to go 40-0 down.
He shows great nerve to save all three break points to get back to deuce.
But Schuettler finds a superb cross-court pass and winning backhand return to get a vital break.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 1-1 Schuettler
Schuettler misjudges a cross-court return from Rusedski to allow him back into the game but goes on to hold, albeit without the authority he was finding in the previous set.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 Schuettler
Rusedski has found his sharpness again and he plays two great points at the net to clinch his serve for the first game of the fourth set.

Third set:

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) Schuettler
After one of the best rallies of the match, Rusedski shows lightning reflexes at the net to take a point off the Schuettler serve at 5-3. Rusedski double faults to let his opponent back in to 5-5 but he takes the next point to have set point.
Schuettler puts a forehand long and Rusedski clinches the set.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 6-6 Schuettler
Rusedski dominates the net to take his first two service points easily and a 15th ace followed by a 16th make it game - and a third set tiebreak

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 5-6 Schuettler
Rusedski makes his 25th unforced error to let Schuettler take his service game to love. Rusedski must hold serve to stay in the set.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 5-5 Schuettler
Rusedski finds a 132mph serve to win another service game to love. He has dropped just five points on his serve in this set, Schuettler just four.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 4-5 Schuettler
Schuettler chases down a seeming lost cause to pull off his 19th passing winner to make it 40-15, then wrapping up the game.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 4-4 Schuettler
Four serves. Four points. Four all.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 3-4 Schuettler
Rusedski misses two relatively simple volleys which would have given him two break points. Instead the German goes 40-15 up and then wraps up the vital seventh game.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 3-3 Schuettler
Rusedski cruises through another service game, trying to save energy for another attack on the Schuettler serve.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 2-3 Schuettler
Unlike earlier, when Rusedski was taking at least two points of every Schuettler service game, this time he lets the German off scot-free.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 2-2 Schuettler
Greg has rediscovered his service rhythm and holds his serve to love for a welcome morale boost.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 1-2 Schuettler
Schuettler looks like he's just warmed up - while Rusedski is moving heavily - as he holds to go ahead.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 1-1 Schuettler
The Briton still has his booming serve but two consecutive double faults put him under pressure at 30-40 down. His first serve is out but comes in on his second and it pays off for deuce.
Rusedski holds but this is the most pressure his serve has been under.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 0-1 Schuettler
Rusedski looks downbeat after losing the second set and two unforced errors make it an easy 30-0 to Schuettler. He goes on to hold his first service game with a lovely low, reaching backhand half-volley played at an acute angle across the net.

Second set:

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) Schuettler

Rusedski gets the minibreak at 2-1 when Schuettler can only net a reaching backhand volley. Rusedski serves an ace and places another great volley right into the corner to consolidate 4-1.
Schuettler wins his two service points to narrow the gap to a point.
Schuettler gets it back to 5-5. Greg sends a forehand wide to give the German set point but he finds an ace to level the tiebreak at six points all.
More brave play from Rusedski ends with a simple high volley and now it is he who has set point.
The pair trade service breaks again and it is 8-8.
Rusedski goes ahead but lets another set point slip by when he nets a slow service return.
A wayward backhand from Rusedski gives Schuettler his third set point - but again Rusedski saves it.
Schuettler fires a backhand pass to set up his fourth set point, the first on his serve. This time has takes it.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-6 Schuettler
Rusedski tries to attack but fails to capitalise on a series of second serves and it is another tiebreak.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 6-5 Schuettler
At 30-0 up, Rusedksi lets the German back in when he fails to put away an easy short ball. But he finds his ninth ace and a service winner to hold.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 5-5 Schuettler
Schuettler holds his nerve despite some intimidating chip and charging from Rusedski and it it five games apiece.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 5-4 Schuettler
Once again, Rusedski does not lose a point on his way to game and Schuettler, who is hitting an average speed of only 108mph on his first serve, must serve to stay in the set.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 4-4 Schuettler
Schuettler got himself out of trouble with a brave serve-volley point at 30-30, Rusedski returning long to let the German draw level.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 4-3 Schuettler
Schuettler is not downhearted however, bounding to 40-0 thanks to some Rusedski mistakes then sending his opponent the wrong way for the break back.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 4-2 Schuettler
Both players make mistakes on the way to 30-all and Schuettler makes another, pushing a whipped forehand just wide to hand Rusedski break point. Rusedski's decision to attack the net pays off as the German is broken when another drive misses the line by millimetres.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 3-2 Schuettler
Rusedski races to 40-0. He slips as he goes to hit a forehand volley but it falls in and he edges ahead again.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 2-2 Schuettler
Schuettler holds but it is Rusedski who has the upper hand in this set, though he has yet to make the break.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 2-1 Schuettler
His sixth ace puts Rusedski 30-0 up and, after another convincing volley, his seventh gives him the game.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 1-1 Schuettler
At 40-30 up, Schuettler nets a simple smash to let Greg back in. But the Brit is a fraction wayward with a forehand pass and Schuettler holds.

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 Schuettler
Rusedski makes a strong start to the second set and immediately holds his serve as the hour mark comes up.

First set:

Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) Schuettler
At 5-2 down, a net cord keeps Schuettler in the tiebreak and he follows it with a superb passing shot to come back to 5-4. Rusedski hits back with two aces and nails a forehand volley on Schuettler's serve to win the set having never really looked like doing so.

Rusedski 6-6 Schuettler
Rusedski plays some classic one-two serve-volleys to move to 40-0 and aces Schuettler with a huge, swinging serve. Tiebreak.

Rusedski 5-6 Schuettler
Rusedski's attacking play is getting Schuettler and the German is faced with two break points as he drags a forehand wide. The eighth seed reponds well to pull it back to deuce and shows great speed round the court to finally hold his serve after some long rallies.

Rusedski 5-5 Schuettler
Greg does well to scramble back and put away a tricky lob to make it 30-15, then fires down an ace followed by a decent second serve to pull the match level.

Rusedski 4-5 Schuettler
Rusedski is trying to fight his way back into the match by coming in, and he makes it 30-40, putting away a smash volley and a well directed backhand volley into the corner.
Rusedski takes his opportunity at the first time of asking and earns the crucial break in his best game of the match so far.

Rusedski 3-5 Schuettler
Rusedski is rattled and Schuettler races to 40-0 for three set points. Rusedski saves all three with some big serving, including a 141mph effort.
He wraps up the next two points, Schuettler unable to make any headway with his returns.

Rusedski 2-5 Schuettler
Rusedski attacks and puts away a volley to set up break point. The Brit attacks the net again but this time Schuettler passes him to take it back to deuce. Rusedki is not giving up however and another net charge produces another break point.
Rusedski continues to attack but Schuettler is up to it and wins the next two points. ,BR>As he walks off the court, Rusedski complains to the umpire Wayne McEwan about the controversial line call.

Rusedski 2-4 Schuettler
Rusedski nets a backhand overhead volley to hand two break points to Schuettler. He saves one with a powerful serve which the German pushes out and he does the same again to take it back to deuce.

Rusedski leaves a lob that bounces a good two inches out - but it is called in to give Schuettler another break point. Rusedski double faults.

Rusedski 2-3 Schuettler
Rusedski is failing to really pressure Schuettler's serve and the German picks off his returns easily, holding to 15.

Rusedski 2-2 Schuettler
The British number three is warming to his task, his serves now breaking the 130mph barrier. But Schuettler is not intimidated and is looking to hit winning returns at any opportunity.
Schuettler gets another net cord but this time Rusedski manages to adjust and holds his serve to level.

Rusedski 1-2 Schuettler
Rusedski finds a superb one-handed cross-court backhand to make it 30-30 but fails to capitalise - Schuettler getting a big slice of luck with a net cord at 40-30.

Rusedski 1-1 Schuettler
Rusedski starts well too, following every serve into the net and volleying confidently. But Schuettler sets his attacking stall out early, passing him three times on the way to deuce.
He nets a poor backhand on Rusedski's second serve to allow the Brit to hold.

Rusedski 0-1 Schuettler
Schuettler opens with a confident serving display, winning the game to love with a 113mph ace.

Warm up:
Rusedski is wearing a cap in the bright sunshine on Court One. Schuettler is to serve first.




SEE ALSO
Greg Rusedski Wimbledon timeline
10 Jun 04  |  Tennis



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