Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rusedski Digs Deep to See off Ivanisevic

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rusedski Digs Deep to See off Ivanisevic

Article excerpt

GREG RUSEDSKI'S fitness was put firmly to the test as he played two games inside 10 hours and won both to book a place in the Heineken Open semi-final in Auckland.

After completing his victory in a rain-delayed tie with Czech Michal Tabara, the British No 2 defeated Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic for the first time in 10 attempts to earn a place in the last four.

Rusedski triumphed 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, but the surprise of this match between two of the game's biggest servers was that it produced nine service breaks.

The big lefthander will now face another Czech for a place in the final - Jiri Novak, who hammered Spaniard Felix Mantilla 6-1, 6-1.

Rusedski will no doubt be pleased with his win over Ivanisevic, but his superb fightback earlier in the day to reach the quarterfinals was equally impressive.

He had trailed Tabara 5-7, 0-1 when rain had stopped play and forced the match into a second day.

Rusedski was then 4-5 down in the second set and facing an early flight to Melbourne, but he held serve to stay in the game. …

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