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Last Updated: Friday, 4 March, 2005, 10:50 GMT
Gamewatch: Levy v Rusedski
Result: Levy 4-6 3-6 0-6 Rusedski
(Israel 0-1 Great Britain)

All the action as Britain's Greg Rusedski defeats Harel Levy of Israel in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone I tie in Tel Aviv.


Third set:

Levy 4-6 3-6 0-6 Rusedski
A trademark ace from Rusedski gives him two match points. He takes the second with another ace to seal a 1-0 lead for Britain in an hour and a half.

Levy 4-6 3-6 0-5 Rusedski
The crowd is barely making a sound now as Rusedski closes in on a 6-0 finish to a comfortable win.

Levy 4-6 3-6 0-4 Rusedski
Rusedski powers down three aces in a love service game.

Levy 4-6 3-6 0-3 Rusedski
Levy unleashes a stunning, and rather unexpected, forehand winner to give him game point but he can't take it. A sizzling backhand pass from Rusedski gives the Briton a double break.

Levy 4-6 3-6 0-2 Rusedski
It's all been too easy for Rusedski, who double faults to give Levy a break point. A first serve gets him out of trouble and he consolidates the break.

Levy 4-6 3-6 0-1 Rusedski
Levy doesn't look a one-time world number 30 at the moment and a woeful backhand sees him drop serve straight away in a set he must win.


Second set:

Levy 4-6 3-6 Rusedski
Rusedski takes complete command of the match - sealing the set with a routine forehand volley.

Levy 4-6 3-5 Rusedski
A disconsolate Levy thrashes an easy forehand beyond the baseline to give Rusedski a 30-15 lead. The Israeli does well to hold and force Rusedski to serve out the set.

Levy 4-6 2-5 Rusedski
With a 15-30 lead, Levy is absolutely incensed when the linesman fails to call a Rusedski volley out. Replays show the ball landed inside the baseline. The crowd boo as Rusedski goes on to win the game.

Levy 4-6 2-4 Rusedski
Levy is complaining again when the umpire overrules his first serve but he uses his anger to good effect and holds to love.

Levy 4-6 1-4 Rusedski
A booming first serve from Rusedski seals an easy game for the Briton.

Levy 4-6 1-3 Rusedski
Levy stops a run of five games against him, as Rusedski takes his foot off the pedal.

Levy 4-6 0-3 Rusedski
Rusedski delivers a second double fault but it fails to halt his progress. The 31-year-old allowed a 3-0 lead to slip away in the first set - can he hold on this time?

Levy 4-6 0-2 Rusedski
An awful backhand from Levy hands Rusedski three break points. Another error from the Israeli gives Rusedski his second consecutive break to love.

Levy 4-6 0-1 Rusedski
Levy moans long and hard about a Rusedski serve which lands just on the line but his complaints fall on deaf ears. The point gives Rusedski a good start to the second set.


First set:

Levy 4-6 Rusedski
Rusedski finds a rare backhand winner to put him 30-0 up and another gives him three set points. He produces a stunning forehand winner to seal the set and take control of the match.

Levy 4-5 Rusedski
Rusedski misses three straight first serves but still manages to take a 40-0 lead. Levy pegs him back to 40-15 but a forehand winner seals the game for Britain.

Levy 4-4 Rusedski
Levy is beginning to exploit Rusedski's weaker backhand side and he holds to love.

Levy 3-4 Rusedski
Rusedski gets back on track with a comfortable service game, sealing it with his first ace.

Levy 3-3 Rusedski
Levy's first ace gets him to 40-0 and soon enough, Rusedski's lead is wiped out.

Levy 2-3 Rusedski
Rusedski allows his concentration to waver and Levy finds himself with two break points. The Briton saves the first with a first serve but on the second leaves a Levy return which lands well in.

Levy 1-3 Rusedski
Levy's tactics are to get to the net before Rusedski but his volleying is letting him down. He is in trouble again at 30-30 but escapes when Rusedski plants a backhand long.

Levy 0-3 Rusedski
Rusedski hasn't got his first serve firing yet but Levy is not returning well enough to take advantage. It's a dream start for Britain.

Levy 0-2 Rusedski
Levy seems a little nervous in front of an expectant crowd. On break point, he fails to put away a smash and Rusedski gleefully fires a forehand past the Israeli.

Levy 0-1 Rusedski
Rusedski makes a solid start by winning his first service game to 15. Levy's winning point is greeted with wild celebration by the Israeli crowd.



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Davis Cup - Israel profiles
01 Mar 05 |  Tennis


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