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Alex needs a break

PUBLISHED: 14:23 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

LONDON - JUNE 09:  Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain in action during his match against Joseph Sirianni of Australia on Day 1 of the Artois Championships at Queen's Club on June 9, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

LONDON - JUNE 09: Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain in action during his match against Joseph Sirianni of Australia on Day 1 of the Artois Championships at Queen's Club on June 9, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry ALEX Bogdanovic must hope for a much better run in the Nottingham Open after his surprise early exit at the Artois Championships on Monday. Bogdanovic s classic third round encounter with defending champion Andy Roddick precisely 12 months

By Ziad Chaudry

ALEX Bogdanovic must hope for a much better run in the Nottingham Open after his surprise early exit at the Artois Championships on Monday.

Bogdanovic's classic third round encounter with defending champion Andy Roddick precisely 12 months ago at Queen's Club seemed a distant memory as he went down in straight sets to Aussie qualifier Joseph Sirianni.

The 24-year-old British number three from Kilburn had beaten Sirianni in their two previous encounters, but got straight back to the drawing board after Monday's 6-3, 6-3 first round loss.

"It was difficult out there but obviously all credit to Sirianni, he played well," said Bogdanovic.

"I felt like I didn't serve too well - that is one of the areas I have to improve, especially playing on grass. I had my chances early on to break but I didn't take them.

"I have Nottingham coming up next where hopefully I'll play qualifying and get a few matches in before the big Grand Slam, Wimbledon. If I can qualify at Nottingham, then get a good run going, it will be a good week."

Serbian-born Bogdanovic opened his pre-Wimbledon campaign by reaching the second round of the rain-interrupted ATP Challenger Surbiton Trophy last week.

Both his singles matches were played on the slow-hard acrylic courts at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton, and he impressively put out top seed, Germany's Michael Zverev (6-2, 6-3) before Israel's Harel Levy ended his short run (7-5, 7-5).

Other notable performances during the opening day at Queen's saw Australian Lleyton Hewitt begin his quest for a fifth Artois title with a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 victory over British wild card Josh Goodall.

Croatian Mario Ancic beat Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 7-5, 6-3, while Spain's Fernando Verdasco was given victory after Korean Hyung-Taik Lee retired with a knee injury midway through the first set.

British number eight James Ward gave Russia's former Australian and US Open champion Marat Safin all sorts of problems before going down 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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