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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Roddick ends Rusedski dream
American Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick won the battle of the big servers to knock Greg Rusedski out of Wimbledon.

The American fifth seed was too good for his British rival and won the second-round clash 7-6 7-6 7-5.

It was an absorbing contest, although an astonishing outburst by Rusedski in the final set marred Roddick's win.

The 29-year-old Brit was in command of the third set after an early break but, leading 5-2 and receiving serve, he lost his cool when a spectator shouted "out" on a Roddick backhand.

Rusedski did not continue playing the rally, unaware that the call had not come from a line judge.

The umpire refused to allow a let and Rusedski promptly lost his serve in the next game.

During the next interval, Rusedski launched a tirade of expletives at the umpire.

I'm disappointed in myself.... I've only got myself to blame and there's no way I should have done that
Greg Rusedski

The player never regained his focus and lost every game from then on.

Roddick's win enhanced his billing as one of the big favourites for All England Club glory.

The 20-year-old was unfazed by the huge support Rusedski received and delivered a number of superb forehand winners to maintain the upper hand throughout the contest.

As expected, serve dominated the match, with the first two sets both went to tie-breaks.

The enthralled Centre Court crowd had to wait until the 28th game for a break of serve - and it went to Rusedski, who took advantage of some Roddick nerves to take a 2-0 lead at the start of the third set.





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