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Last Updated: Monday, 20 June, 2005, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Rusedski overcomes first hurdle
Wimbledon first round result:

A MARTIN (Sp) v G RUSEDSKI (GB)

3-6 6-4 2-6 1-6


Game-by-game updates:

Fourth set:

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 1-6 Rusedski
Martin has not looked dispirited in this match, but mistakes have crept in and he hands Rusedski two match points. Rusedski takes the first after a poor forehand from Martin.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 1-5 Rusedski
Rusedski rediscovers how to serve double faults - producing his 12th of the match. As per usual a couple of aces get him out of trouble and sets him up for the match.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 1-4 Rusedski
Rusedski makes an effort to try to break Martin again. That extra effort puts pressure on the Spaniard. Another over-long backhand gives Rusedski two break-points. The Spaniard hands the Briton the game with another mistake.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 1-3 Rusedski
Rusedski commands the game, with some stunning serves. He wins the game after he is forced to come into the net and volley.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 1-2 Rusedski
Martin holds serve, but again it is more to do with Rusedski easing off then the Spaniard playing well.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 0-2 Rusedski
The Spaniard begins to talk to himself, much like Boris Becker did in his Wimbledon final against Michael Stich - albeit in Spanish as opposed to German. That is music to Rusedski's ears.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 0-1 Rusedski
Martin is beginning to show his frustrations. Rusedski has three break points, without hitting any winners. The Spaniard saves one, but produces a woeful shot for the second to hand his opponent the break.

Third set:

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-6 Rusedski
Martin converses in Spanish with the umpire after Rusedski's serve is ruled in. The 31-year-old serves his way to the second set. He now looks odds-on to win the match. But with the Briton, nothing is certain.

Martin 3-6 6-4 2-5 Rusedski
The British star stays on the baseline, once again happy just to stay there and conserve energy. He does take time out to tie his shoelaces.

Martin 3-6 6-4 1-5 Rusedski
It would be fair to say that this match is not one for the tennis connoisseur, but as long as Rusedski is firing down his wicked serves, the crowd, mostly British by the sounds, appear to be happy.

Martin 3-6 6-4 1-4 Rusedski
Rusedski conserves his energy in the fifth. He lets Martin reduce the deficit, but it is only delaying what seems the inevitable.

Martin 3-6 6-4 0-4 Rusedski
Rusedski, former winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, is even beginning to play delicate drop-shots at the net. He wins the fourth game very easily.

Martin 3-6 6-4 0-3 Rusedski
The 'double-fault bug' appears to be catching. Martin makes two in one game. Rusedski breaks the Spaniard again. His change in fortunes has more to do with Martin's dwindling form.

Martin 3-6 6-4 0-2 Rusedski
Martin carries on where he left off, by making more errors. Rusedski does not have to serve with any venom to hold serve.

Martin 3-6 6-4 0-1 Rusedski
Martin has a couple opportunities to see Rusedski off, but is making basic errors that Rusedski was making in the second set. Martin hands Rusedski a break point with an unforced error. Another mistake from the Spaniard hands his opponent the break.

Second set:

Martin 3-6 6-4 Rusedski
Rusedski continues to blow hot and cold. Double faults put him in awkward situations. Martin gains a set point and wins the second set with a delightful lob from the baseline.

Martin 3-6 5-4 Rusedski
Martin has won 77% of his serves in the match, although that statistic was at just over 50% in the first set. The Spaniard is playing well and will be hoping Rusedski's service arm tightens.

Martin 3-6 4-4 Rusedski
Rusedski produces his ninth double fault, but then serves his 11th ace. Rusedski is unhappy after a decision goes against him. That gives Martin break point. Another ace bails the Briton out. After saving three more break points, Rusedski finally wins the eighth.

Martin 3-6 4-3 Rusedski
Martin holds his serve again. He stays on the baseline and varies the speed of his shots, a tactic that appears to trouble the Briton.

Martin 3-6 3-3 Rusedski
Rallies are not one thing this match will be remembered for. The best rally came in the first set - about eight shots were strung together. Rusedski wins the game with ease.

Martin 3-6 3-2 Rusedski
Martin battles to win the fifth game, after starting by slipping and losing the first point.

Martin 3-6 2-2 Rusedski
Martin is beginning to reach some of his opponent's serves. Martin earns a break point, but Rusedski fires down three aces to win the game. At this point it is difficult to tell whether Rusedski's service arm will cause him more grief than joy.

Martin 3-6 2-1 Rusedski
The Spaniard is doggedly hanging on in the match. The bias in the crowd towards Rusedski is not phasing him. Rusedski shows that his backhand is not as good as it used to be.

Martin 3-6 1-1 Rusedski
The veteran Briton rediscovers the consistency in his serve that was evident early in the match. His second serves cause Martin serious problems.

Martin 3-6 1-0 Rusedski
Rusedski virtually hands the first game to the Spaniard. Although, one magical lob from Martin makes sure he earns the second-set opener.

First set:

Martin 3-6 Rusedski
Consecutive double faults do not help Rusedski's cause. Rusedski hits a line judge on his way to producing another double fault - his sixth. The 31-year-old Briton gets himself back into the game and takes it to deuce. Rusedski wins the best rally of the match to clinch the game and the set.

Martin 3-5 Rusedski
Martin serves with new balls. Rusedski seems content to win the first set on his serve. Can Rusedski hold his nerve?

Martin 2-5 Rusedski
Rusedski produces another 120mph-plus ace. The Briton is consistent with his aces, but is also producing a number of double faults - three, up to this point. The Briton is taken to deuce but produces two big serves to get him out of trouble.

Martin 2-4 Rusedski
The Spaniard shows he's not afraid to come into the net now and again. He wins his second game.

Martin 1-4 Rusedski
Martin has a good baseline game that exposes Rusedski's serve and volley approach on one occasion. But he can do little to stifle the power of Rusedski's thunderbolt serves.

Martin 1-3 Rusedski
Martin finally wins his first game. He's a top 70 player, so should cause Rusedski more problems than he has up to this point.

Martin 0-3 Rusedski
Martin is finding it extremely difficult against the Rusedski serve. Wimbledon is a server's paradise. On this early form the Briton looks like he may enjoy a good run at SW19.

Martin 0-2 Rusedski
Rusedski is adopting a chip and charge approach. He earns himself three break points. The Briton makes the third one count with a mis-hit volley at the net.

Martin 0-1 Rusedski
Rusedski wins the toss and elects to serve first. The Briton looks like he means business. Age has not lessened the power of his serves. He wins the first game to love.




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