It's been exciting following Dan's progress over the last few weeks - some of it with dodgy technology while on holiday, and this week relying on livescores and tweets. Hope to be able to watch his match v Nishikori properly.
I'm so impressed with Dan, but also with Leon Smith - who bravely went with Dan for DC having originally chosen Jamie Baker, and has clearly guided him through the period following - getting him away from home to London for serious training and out of the UK for more challenging tournaments and the tour experience. Nice that Colin and Jamie M were there to support yesterday as well.
Some comments on twitter from Liz who was there: we did a good job - the crowd were very fair but mostly for the Spaniard. I'm really pleased 4 Leon too, he was gutted 4 wardy. Leon was sad for Bally too but the guys are his team. Gave Evo a huge DC hug after. Dan's smile was huge yes he (Leon) finds just the right words at the right time (and knows when to keep quiet too)
Comments from Dan: "I'm pretty proud of my efforts, not just here but I've been [in North America] now nearly six weeks, so to lose first round then final, final and to qualify is pretty good," he said.
"I'd never been in the last round of qualifying before but I knew I was better than the guy - it was just getting it out there. I should have really won the first set but I'm pretty happy with how I came back and in the end it was pretty straightforward.
"It was always in me but it was just putting it all together and I'm pretty proud of that. I need to just carry on and hopefully I'll get a decent draw in the main draw and try to win a few matches."
More at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/23818601
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13h "Good day but not that pumped for this ice bath"!