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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June, 2004, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Rusedski out of Wimbledon
By Alistair Watkins
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Britain's Greg Rusedski did not quite have enough to overcome eighth seed Rainer Schuettler in the second round.

Rusedski won the first set on a tie-break before the German responded by taking the second-set tie-break.

Rusedski surged ahead after a third tie-break but Schuettler levelled again as Rusedski suffered a shoulder injury which seemed to restrict his game.

Rusedski was unable to maintain his form and Schuettler held his nerve to triumph 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (12-10) 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2.

Rusedski afterwards insisted he would return to the All England Club for another tilt at the title in 2005.

I would like to come to Wimbledon next year with a full schedule behind me
Greg Rusedski
"I definitely would like to give it at least another year," said the former world number four, who missed three months earlier this year as he successfully fought a doping charge.

"I would like to come to Wimbledon next year with a full schedule behind me and see how it goes.

"This year has been very difficult but considering what's happened I think I have played reasonably well."

Rusedski started the match slowly and lost his serve in the sixth game and was struggling at 0-40 down in the next.

However, he found an extra gear, reaching141mph on one serve, and managed to win the game.

Schuettler seemed shocked and Rusedski took advantage to break back before eventually going on to win the tie-break 7-5 with a forehand volley.

The duo matched each other game for game in the second set and it was no surprise that it was decided in another tie-break.

I hope Greg Rusedski's going to turn up one more year, but I'm not sure
Boris Becker
Rusedski had two set points but failed to take them and he paid the price when Scuettler, at the fourth time of asking, finally took his opportunity to win the tie-break 12-10.

The third set followed the same pattern but this time Rusedski, despite double-faulting twice, took the set 7-5 after Schuettler blasted a forehand out.

At 1-1 in the fourth set, Rusedski tumbled going for a volley and hurt his left shoulder which seemed to put him off and allowed Schuettler to break his serve to take a crucial lead.

The Briton had extensive and painful treatment from the trainer before resuming, but Schuettler had the initiative and took the match into a fifth set.

Rusedski then double-faulted three times in the fifth game as Schuettler's superior fitness told and the 30-year-old's defeat quickly followed.

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