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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Gamewatch: Rusedski v Blake
US Open first-round result:

G RUSEDSKI GB v J Blake US *

5-7 6-7 (3-7) 3-6


Third set:

Rusedski 3-6 Blake
Blake's seventh ace takes him to 40-0 and a backhand winner down the line wraps up victory.

Rusedski 3-5 Blake
Rusedski looks on his way out when Blake lines up a forehand pass at 30-30 but the American falters and Rusedski makes him serve out for victory.

Rusedski 2-5 Blake
A huge 134mph ace consolidates the break for Blake and the American is as good as through, unless Rusedski can produce a miracle.

Rusedski 2-4 Blake
The game appears to be up for Rusedski as he slips to 0-40 and Blake finds yet another winner on the second break point.

Rusedski 2-3 Blake
Blake looks keen to get this over with and produces another focused service game in which Rusedski makes little impression.

Rusedski 2-2 Blake
Rusedski levels despite another great winner from Blake on the first point.

Rusedski 1-2 Blake
Blake could be excused falling little flat after his stunning tie-break but he looks to be brimming with confidence at the moment.

Rusedski 1-1 Blake
Rusedski holds with ease yet again and it is some time since Blake threatened a Rusedski service game.

Rusedski 0-1 Blake
A confident Blake moves further ahead but Rusedski has done little wrong so far and has reason to remain optimistic. The crowd are buoyant, however, chanting "USA! USA!"


Second set:

Rusedski 6-7 (3-7) Blake
Blake is fuming when he lines up a pass at 2-1 down only for the umpire to call a let. It seems to fire him up and he storms through five straight points to lead 6-3, with a running forehand pass the highlight. Another winner gives Blake the set.

Rusedski 6-6 Blake
Rusedski bluffs the second poitns by rushing the net on a poor return and forces the error to go 0-30 up. The Briton earns two set points but sees both fly past him as aces.

Rusedski 6-5 Blake
Rusedski recovers from 0-40 with two classic serve-volley points and an unreturnable serve, then saves another break point with a huge serve. The Briton hangs on to a crucial game.

Rusedski 5-5 Blake
Blake fires a blistering forehand winner down the line on the opening point and, despite a double fault, he holds to 30.

Rusedski 5-4 Blake
Another quickfire Rusedski service game sees the set edge towards a tie-break, unless someone can find some inspiration on the return.

Rusedski 4-4 Blake
Blake holds to 15, much to the delight of an increasingly large and boisterous crowd in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Rusedski 4-3 Blake
Rusedski delivers another confident service game and is starting to find the lines with some heavy first serves.

Rusedski 3-3 Blake
Rusedski gets another glimpse of a break at 15-30 up but Blake finds a neat drop volley and goes on to hold.

Rusedski 3-2 Blake
A ninth ace of the match gives Rusedski possibly the quickest game of the match and he looks to be at least riled, if not exactly fired up.

Rusedski 2-2 Blake
Blake levels but there is a definite feeling that the two players are not getting on too well, and the Briton takes a long time to change rackets and keep the American waiting.

Rusedski 2-1 Blake
Rusedski holds to love despite a brief interruption as Blake asks him to move the towel he uses between points from his eye-line. Rusedski does not look best pleased and is still muttering to himself as he fires down two big serves to take the game.

Rusedski 1-1 Blake
Rusedski has a chance at 30-30 but a long baseline rally ensues and Blake just has the edge in those encounters, forcing a mistake with a big forehand.

Rusedski 1-0 Blake
Rusedski stops the rot by holding to love.


First set:

Rusedski 5-7 Blake
Blake chooses the right moment to attack the Rusedski backhand at 30-30, and the American then produces a magnificent scramble to take the opening set.

Rusedski 5-6 Blake
The momentum shifts back to Blake as the American earns two break points. Rusedski saves the first with an ace but nets a volley on the second to hand Blake another break.

Rusedski 5-5 Blake
A remarkable turnaround looks on the cards when Rusedski gets to set point but he nets a backhand return, and two more unforced errors see Blake level.

Rusedski 5-4 Blake
The confidence comes flooding back as Rusedski delivers some huge serves and finishes with a forehand winner to take his third straight game.

Rusedski 4-4 Blake
After a sluggish start on the return Rusedski races to 0-40 and capitalises immediately to get the break back.

Rusedski 3-4 Blake
A more encouraging game sees Rusedski get back on track with some decent first serves but he has yet to make much impact on the Blake serve.

Rusedski 2-4 Blake
Blake holds to consoliodate the break and is totally dominant at the moment.

Rusedski 2-3 Blake
Blake's fierce returning is rushing Rusedski and the American quickly moves to 15-40 up, and finds another winning return to break.

Rusedski 2-2 Blake
Blake looks in good form from the baseline, dominating the rallies with some huge groundstrokes as he holds to love.

Rusedski 2-1 Blake
There is a warning sign for Rusedski when Blake returns a wide serve with a backhand winner down the line, but the Briton recovers for a comfortable hold.

Rusedski 1-1 Blake
Blake makes a confident start, opening with two backhand winners and a fierce forehand past a stranded Rusedski at the net.

Rusedski 1-0 Blake
Rusedski opts to serve first and holds to love, with an ace and a drop volley the early highlights.




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