Rusedski breezes through then brushes off allegations by Cash

Phil Casey
Wednesday 18 December 2013 02:28
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Greg Rusedski let his tennis do the talking yesterday as he raced into the quarter-finals of the Samsung Open here and then refused to comments on allegations made by Pat Cash in his autobiography.

Rusedski declined to comment on allegations the former Wimbledon champion repeated in his autobiography that Rusedski owes him money from a six-month coaching spell which he claims saved the Briton's career. He also said in the book he had to listen to regular "diatribes" from Rusedski about his "festering resentment" towards Tim Henman.

"No comment" was Rusedski's response when asked about the article after he took his place in the last eight with a straight-sets win over the Romanian Adrian Voinea, the 6-3, 6-2 victory taking him only 49 minutes.

Voinea began in superb style by holding his opening service game to love and winning the first six points of the match, forcing Rusedski to work hard to save two break points and level the score at 1-1. The British No 2 then took advantage of a poor service game from his opponent, winners down the line and across court giving him the first break of serve.

Only two points were then lost on serve until Voinea again made some unforced errors that handed Rusedski a second break of serve and with it the first set, 6-3.

The third seed looked in complete control but he surprisingly lost his serve in the first game of the second set. Voinea held serve for a 2-0 lead, but that proved to be his last success as Rusedski upped his game and the Romanian became increasingly frustrated. Rusedski raced through the next six games, breaking Voinea three times in a row for victory.

The 28-year-old will face Magnus Larsson in the quarter-finals after Larsson made the most of his second chance. The Swede, who lost in qualifying, got into the tournament as a "lucky loser" when Wayne Ferreira pulled out, and then defeated the South African Wesley Moodie, who had beaten him in qualifying. Yesterday he beat Chile's Nicolas Massu, 7-6, 6-4, to reach the last eight.

Rusedski was joined in the quarter-finals by another Briton, Arvind Parmar, who was leading Nicolas Kiefer, 7-6, 4-2, when the German retired injured. Parmar will now play Wayne Arthurs after the British-based Australian left-hander came from a set down to beat the eighth seed Davide Sanguinetti.

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