Rusedski Beats Ivanisevic at Heineken
01-10-2002, 03:51 PM
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Rusedski Beats Ivanisevic at Heineken
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Greg Rusedski snapped a seven-year, nine-match losing streak against Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 victory Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Heineken Open.

Sixth-seeded Rusedski beat second-seeded Ivanisevic for the first time since 1994.

``After I won the first set, it became difficult mentally,'' Rusedski said. ``After dropping the second set to love, I knew I had to get back into business right away.

``After nine losses you start to get a complex you're not going to beat this guy.''

Ivanisevic struggled against Rusedski, partly because of a rotator cuff injury.

``If I play like this at the Australian Open (news - web sites), I'll be going home pretty quick,'' said Ivanisevic, the No. 10 seed for the Australian Open which starts Monday.

``It's a tear, plus my nerve is jammed,'' he said. ``Every time I lift my arm, it's jamming the nerve. I don't have a problem with the pain so much, but I lose the power in my arm. My serve was not going anywhere because my arm was very sore, very heavy.''


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