Rusedski back on track

Last updated at 08:12 13 July 2004


Greg Rusedski is targeting more US Open glory after crashing back into the world's top 100 this week.

Rusedski's timely victory in Newport, Rhode Island last week elevated him 12 places up the rankings into 98th place.

That means Rusedski - who finished runner-up to Pat Rafter in 1997 - should secure his spot in the main draw at Flushing Meadows next month after this week's Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.

The top 100 in the world are virtually guaranteed automatic entry into the Slams and the US Open draw list is set to be finalised next Monday.

Rusedski's Newport victory was the 31-year-old Briton's 14th career title and his first since being cleared of doping allegations at a tribunal in March.

Defining moment

And it could hardly have come at a better time for the beleaguered Briton - who previously won the same tournament 14 years ago under the Canadian flag.

It had been feared Rusedski would never recover from the hammer-blow of his enforced lay-off as he struggled to return.

He was knocked out in the first round of both the French Open and the Stella Artois Championships and also slid out in the second round at Wimbledon.

But he recovered to surpass rival Tim Henman's mark for most grass-court wins amongst active players prior to his Newport final win over Alexander Popp.

Rusedski was hoping to continue his winning streak with a first round victory over American Taylor Dent in Los Angeles, in a match scheduled for tomorrow.

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