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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 20:23 GMT 21:23 UK
Rusedski late show ends in defeat
By Mark Barden
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Greg Rusedski's Wimbledon campaign ended in disappointment in near-darkness on Centre Court against Joachim Johansson.

The Swedish 11th seed beat the British number two 7-6 (12-10) 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in an enthralling encounter.

Rusedski battled hard, with the crowd urging him on in the gathering gloom.

But Johansson's serve allied with the greater variety of strokes in his all-round game were too much for his unseeded opponent.

He rallied back after being edged in the first set tie-break, but Johansson took control as darkness fell to seal his third-round berth.

Rusedski matched the Swede in the early stages, but a crucial passing shot on the Briton's serve for 11-10 in the breaker was followed by an ace.

But the British number two staged a fierce fightback, sealing the first break of the match in game seven of the second set and going on to close it out.

Rusedski had a break point in the fourth game of the next set but failed to convert it, and paid the price when he double-faulted three games later to gift Johansson the break.

I will be back next year
Greg Rusedski
The Briton dug deep to save another break point at 3-3 in the fourth and fired down two straight aces to make it 5-4 but made little impression on the Swede's serve when it mattered.

As day gave way to night, Johansson twiced approached the umpire about the poor light, and tournament referee Alan Mills consulted both players.

But it was Rusedski who was left to rue the decision to play on.

At 5-5 in the final tie-break, Johansson conjured up a 133mph ace, then he broke Rusedski to end his Wimbledon hopes for another year.




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