MIAMI, Mar 23 (Reuters) Britain's Greg Rusedski overcame an early run of five successive double-faults to defeat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-1 in the first round of the Nasdaq-100 today.
''I don't remember starting a match with five double-faults in my career,'' Rusedski told reporters.
The left-hander trailed 3-1 after three double faults in his first service game and two more in his second.
Rusedski fought back well to take the opening set and victory was assured when he raced into a 5-0 lead in the second.
The Briton, who delayed the start of his season until February due to the birth of his first child, next plays 32nd seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina.
Rusedski's fellow countryman Tim Henman opens his campaign later today against former world number one Marat Safin of Russia.
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