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Tennis: Rusedski left to rue lost opportunities

AS ONE door opened, another one closed. No sooner had Tim Henman ended his sequence of four first-round defeats than Greg Rusedski, the fourth seed and world No 5, dropped out of the Guardian Direct Cup in Battersea Park in his first match since winning the European Community Championship in Antwerp on Sunday. We should take his defeat last night by Germany's Marc-Kevin Goellner as a blip, particularly as Rusedski had two match points in the second set.

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