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Alex faces net losses after another early exit

PUBLISHED: 13:07 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

LONDON - JUNE 23:  Alex Bogdanovic of United Kingdom congratulates Simone Bolelli of Italy in winning their men's singles round one match on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 23, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

LONDON - JUNE 23: Alex Bogdanovic of United Kingdom congratulates Simone Bolelli of Italy in winning their men's singles round one match on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 23, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry ALEX Bogdanovic is set to lose his LTA funding after experiencing another demoralising Wimbledon first round exit on Monday. Seven visits and seven first round singles losses in a grand slam event – his latest against Italian world number

By Ziad Chaudry

ALEX Bogdanovic is set to lose his LTA funding after experiencing another demoralising Wimbledon first round exit on Monday.

Seven visits and seven first round singles losses in a grand slam event - his latest against Italian world number 46 Simone Bolelli - is a record that does not make good reading.

But the 24-year-old Kilburn ace, who received a wildcard entry into this year's event, has vowed that it is only a matter of time until he finally strikes the big W at SW19.

"Every year I play here I feel that I'm getting better and better and it's only a matter of time," said Bogdanovic. "It would be nice to win a match at Wimbledon and that's what I'm working towards."

But the LTA are not convinced - they see Bogdanovic's performances as money wasted and the player will now be forced to look elsewhere for his coaching expenses.

Bogdanovic, coached by Andy Murray's former mentor Brad Gilbert, was kicking himself for not taking his opportunities against an apparently very beatable player with an extremely poor record on grass.

He lost the first set on a tie-break after squandering a set point, but hit back immediately by claiming the second 6-4.

In the third, the Italian capitalised on Bogdanovic's three double faults to regain the one set advantage.

Leading 6-5 in the fourth, Bogdanovic had a golden opportunity, at 40-15, to finally break the Italian's serve and take the match into a deciding set, but he crucially squandered two points.

In the tie-break, the hard-hitting Bolelli found that extra gear by winning the last four points to claim a famous 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory.

For the hardcore tennis statistician, Bolelli, renowned on the circuit as a clay court specialist, has now won two grass court matches - amazingly both at SW19.

Despite the defeat, Bogdanovic, who is currently ranked 242 in the world, insisted: "If I put in the effort, it's just a matter of time until I get back to where I was and break the top 100.

"I felt like I was close to taking it to a decider - it was only one break in the whole match. It's a little disappointing after working so hard out there.


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