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Rafter's comeback lasts just one match
 
 
 
Rafter\'s comeback lasts just one match


MELBOURNE - Pat Rafter's Grand Slam comeback last just one match after he and Lleyton Hewitt lost in the first round of the Australian Open men's doubles Wednesday. The Australian pair went down 6-4, 7-5 to American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen. Former US Open champion Rafter, 41, broke a 13-year retirement to partner Hewitt in the doubles. Rafter thrilled a large crowd at Hisense Arena with his touch around the net. "I didn't want to make an idiot of myself and I thought I got through it okay," Rafter said. "I was pretty nervous, I was copping it in the locker room, we were having a lot of fun - at my expense," Rafter said. "A lot of my mates were saying 'Don't cramp.'  Lendl's a menace, he's an absolute pest, he was giving it to me," Rafter said.–AFP

 
 
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