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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 January, 2004, 01:19 GMT
Game-by-game: Rusedski v Costa
All the action from Greg Rusedski's first-round Australian Open match with 26th seed Albert Costa.

Result: Rusedski 4-6 3-6 4-6 Costa


Third set

Rusedski 4-6 Costa
Rusedski saves one match-point, but puts a forehand wide under pressure to seal his defeat.

Rusedski 4-5 Costa
Rusedski again struggles with the pressure while Costa seems to lift his game. Costa breaks again, and will now serve for the match.

Rusedski 4-4 Costa
Costa piles the pressure back on Rusedski with a firm hold.

Rusedski 4-3 Costa
Rusedski again finds himself break-point down at this crucial stage, but for once finds the big serve when he needs it. Two more good serves help hold on.

Rusedski 3-3 Costa
The Spaniard looks in no mood to let Rusedski back in the match, and once again holds convincingly.

Rusedski 3-2 Costa
If Rusedski can just keep serving well he will always have a chance in a tie-break. He does just that to keep his nose in front.

Rusedski 2-2 Costa
Costa looks focused once more, and displays the full array of strokes to level the score in the set.

Rusedski 2-1 Costa
Clearly boosted by that break, Rusedski fires down same mighty serves to hold to love.

Rusedski 1-1 Costa
Just as all hope seems to have gone Rusedski somehow manages to break. He opens up a 40-0 lead by attacking at every opportunity, and as Costa fails to come up with the winners the Briton breaks at the second time of asking.

Rusedski 0-1 Costa
The worst possible start for Rusedski as he immediately finds himself 15-40 down. He goes on the attack to save the first break-point but a half mis-hit backhand from Costa loops over his head and drops in on the next point.


Second set

Rusedski 3-6 Costa
Costa again looks to be in cruise control as he opens up a 40-0 lead. Rusedski saves one break-point, but Costa wins the set at the second time of asking.

Rusedski 3-5 Costa
Rusedski at least asks his opponent to serve out for the set, but Costa still looks in control.

Rusedski 2-5 Costa
This time the Spaniard has no such trouble on serve and things are once again looking bleak for Rusedski.

Rusedski 2-4 Costa
Having got himself back into the game, Rusedski immediately puts himself in difficulty with a double fault. Costa keeps the pressure on to earn another break-point and immediately gets the advantage back.

Rusedski 2-3 Costa
The Spaniard loses his concentration and sloppily hands Rusedski a break-point. He then wildly hits a backhand long and Rusedski is back in the match.

Rusedski 1-3 Costa
The Briton at least has something to build on as he breaks Costa's run of games. He rounds off an improved service game with an ace.

Rusedski 0-3 Costa
Costa makes it five straight games as Rusedski can find no way through.

Rusedski 0-2 Costa
Rusedski's problems continue as he is broken to love. He is struggling with his volleys and they are crucial to his attacking game.

Rusedski 0-1 Costa
Costa now looks very comfortable, and Rusedski needs to lift himself to turn things round.

First set

Rusedski 4-6 Costa
Rusedski digs deep to save two set-points from 15-40 and seems to have got himself out of trouble. But Costa earns a third set-point and Rusedski fires a forehand long to give up the set.

Rusedski 4-5 Costa
Rusedski has Costa under pressure at 30-30, but the Spaniard finds two good first serves and now the Briton will serve to stay in the set.

Rusedski 4-4 Costa
As ever Rusedski's serve is a hugely important part of the match, and the Briton holds to love thanks to greater serving consistency.

Rusedski 3-4 Costa
The tide has turned, and Costa is the dominant player as he holds convincingly to lead 4-3.

Rusedski 3-3 Costa
The wind is troubling Rusedski and three poor volleys see him 0-40 down. He saves one break-point with ace down the middle, but then double faults and the scores are level.

Rusedski 3-2 Costa
Costa is starting to find his rhythm, and one top-spin backhand winner is typical of the Spaniard at his best.

Rusedski 3-1 Costa
Again the luck is with the Briton as a net-cord from Costa just carries out with the Briton serving at 15-30. The Spanish 26th seed does manage to take the game to deuce but Rusedski clinches his serve with an ace.

Rusedski 2-1 Costa
The early luck is with Rusedski as a net-cord helps him to 0-40 on Costa's serve and a second hands him the break at the third time of asking.

Rusedski 1-1 Costa
The blustery conditions are making serving difficult, but Rusedski gets a comfortable hold under his belt to settle the nerves.

Rusedski 0-1 Costa
Rusedski earns a break-point by playing patiently and attacking when he gets a short ball. But Costa is just as patient and fires a forehand winner down the line to save, and then completes the escape as Rusedski is wayward under pressure.




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