Rusedski turns to Brooke for winning formula

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Greg Rusedski has decided to team up again with his former coach Scott Brooke. Brooke helped the British No 2 break on to the world stage and he went on to reach the final of the US Open in 1997, losing to Pat Rafter but climbing to fourth in the world rankings in the process.

Greg Rusedski has decided to team up again with his former coach Scott Brooke. Brooke helped the British No 2 break on to the world stage and he went on to reach the final of the US Open in 1997, losing to Pat Rafter but climbing to fourth in the world rankings in the process.

However, Rusedski has struggled to maintain that form, been plagued by injury over the last two years and split with his previous coach, Sven Groeneveld, following his defeat to Vince Spadea in the first round at Wimbledon in June.

"Scott was the coach who helped me make my breakthrough," said Rusedski, who parted company with Brooke five years ago, but has remained on friendly terms. "I beat Michael Chang, Richard Krajicek and Wayne Ferreira when they were all in the top 10 and I was only breaking into the top 100."

Rusedski is hoping that the new partnership will reap rewards when he tackles this year's US Open at Flushing Meadows later this month.

"We'll have a lot of fun together in the next few weeks and I have a lot of faith in his ability. We'll see how things go and then decide whether to go further. I will be getting down to some serious training in the next few days. If everything goes to plan I'll play at Long Island next week followed by the US Open."

Rusedski also claims that he is now over his injury problems following treatment with specialist Dr Hans Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich and is ready to prove his critics wrong.

He said: "All my aches and pains have been fixed. All I'm lacking now is practice time on the court. When people say I am finished, it only motivates me to prove them wrong. I want to win a tournament in 2000 and maintain my five-year run of winning at least one title a year."

Rusedski has utilised the services of several coaches during his career. In the early days in Montreal, his father was his guiding light, while later Bud Schultz and Louis Cayer were followed by Brian Teacher, and, briefly, Tony Pickard. Now Rusedski hasreturned to a figure from his salad days.

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