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Hard luck for Rosset after five-set battle for survival

Rosset summons up his fighting spirit to stay in the tournament Keystone

Switzerland's Marc Rosset has lost his battle for survival in the Wimbledon tennis tournament after a valiant struggle against Germany's Alexander Popp that went on to five sets.

This content was published on July 3, 2000 - 07:49

The two tallest men in the tournament gave spectators a thrilling fourth round match interrupted by the unreliable British weather, with rain stopping play twice. Popp, who at 23 may have had youth on his side in a match that drew heavily on the players' staying power, eventually eliminated Rosset from the tournament 6-1 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-1.

The result was a surprise, as Popp, a player who says he was inspired to take up tennis by following the success of his compatriot, Boris Becker in 1985, is only ranked 114th in the world. Rosset is ranked 33rd.

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