Rusedski Has His Mind on the Final

By Hughes, Matt | The Evening Standard (London, England), June 20, 2003 | Go to article overview

Rusedski Has His Mind on the Final


Hughes, Matt, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: MATT HUGHES

GREG RUSEDSKI has achieved all he could have hoped for in the past few weeks as he's battled back from injury in preparation for Wimbledon, and he is now eyeing his reward.

The British No2 needs just two more wins to reclaim the Samsung Open title he won in 1997, his very own annus mirabilis. A careerbest run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and US Open final followed victory in Nottingham over Karol Kucera, and Rusedski believes success this week can have a similar effect.

He said: "My preparation for Wimbledon is done but I want to keep the momentum going. I wanted to get five or six games in before Wimbledon and I've played six already, so everything from now on is a bonus.

"It would be a big positive if I could make it into a final. I'll be giving it my best to get there because my record in finals is pretty good. I've won my last five finals and it would be nice to try and make it a sixth.

People are scared when you win tournaments, so that would be a positive thing to take into Wimbledon."

As comebacks from nine months on the sidelines go, Rusedski's has been mighty impressive. Of his 10 matches since last year's US Open he has won seven and, apart from on the clay of Roland Garros, his only defeats have been to the tournament winners, Andy Roddick at Queen's and Wesley Moodie in Surbiton. …

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