Rusedski crashes out as Roddick retires hurt

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Greg Rusedski yesterday crashed out of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami in the second round. The British No 2, who needed three sets to defeat qualifier Andreas Seppi on Thursday, lost in straight sets to Sweden's Thomas Johansson.

Greg Rusedski yesterday crashed out of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami in the second round. The British No 2, who needed three sets to defeat qualifier Andreas Seppi on Thursday, lost in straight sets to Sweden's Thomas Johansson.

The left-hander's normally potent serve failed to fire as the he recorded three double faults and just four aces.

After an early exchange of breaks in the opening set, 25th seed Johansson broke Rusedski's serve for a second time to take the set 6-3. The former Australian Open champion, getting back to top form after a long injury lay-off, has always been a tough opponent for Rusedski, winning six of their 10 previous encounters - including two on grass.

Another break of serve in the fifth game of the second set gave Johansson, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday, the cushion he needed to secure a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

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