Rusedski at the double to make up for singles strife

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Greg Rusedski put his singles pain behind him with a thrilling victory in the doubles at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami last night.

Rusedski, who was beaten in straight sets by Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the singles on Friday, teamed up with the American Justin Gimelstob to defeat the Australian pair Wayne Arthurs and Paul Henley 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, with an 11-9 win in the tie-break.

Rusedski and Gimelstob play the Spanish pairing Feliciano Lopez and Rafael Nadal in the last 16.

Rusedski's former Davis Cup team-mate Tim Henman today faces Juan Ignacio Chela, of Argentina, in the third round of the singles. It is a match which Henman is relishing, not least because he enjoyed arguably his best moment against the 25-year-old in the quarter-finals of last year's French Open, overcoming his aversion to clay to pummel the clay-court specialist.

In other men's singles results last night, the third seed Marat Safin tumbled out, losing 6-7, 1-6 to Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia. Juan Carlos Ferrero, of Spain, beat the Russian Igor Andreev 6-4 6-3 while Ivan Ljubicic, of Croatia, defeated Vince Spadea, of the United States, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.

In the women's singles, Russia's Elena Likhovtseva beat Ai Sugiyama, of Japan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.