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Re: James Ward « Reply #360 on: November 08, 2014, 01:28 PM »
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It just goes to show that you can't put a ceiling on a player and some are capable of big improvements later into their career. In James' case I think it was more to do with consistency than ability - he's proved before that he's capable of performing to this level - and he seems to be a lot more calm on the big points (in the past he was always prone to playing very passive when trying to serve things out). Apparently he's now working with his own full-time coach (funded by himself), which I'm sure has helped.

I should also add - this win means James will now qualify for the Australian Open main draw outright. Smile First time since Henman was playing in 2007 that we'll have two Brits in the main draw of a slam on ranking.

I really hope he can break that 100 barrier - it's only a number at the end of the day but I'm sure it's also a fairly big psychological barrier for these guys - and hopefully go on to rise even higher. There's really not all too much difference in ability between 50 and 150, and James only has to look as far as the likes of Dodig or Estrella to see that there really is no reason why he can't continue to rise.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #361 on: November 08, 2014, 01:45 PM »
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How old is James?
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Re: James Ward « Reply #362 on: November 08, 2014, 01:49 PM »
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Pity we haven't got 400 men in the top 14......Wink

Obviously maths was not one of your strong points
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Re: James Ward « Reply #363 on: November 08, 2014, 02:30 PM »
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How old is James?
He's only three months older than Andy - so 27. Turns 28 in Feb.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #364 on: November 08, 2014, 03:47 PM »
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He's only three months older than Andy - so 27. Turns 28 in Feb.

Wow late developer eh.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #365 on: November 08, 2014, 04:52 PM »
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With Liam Broady making a move, too, and Kyle coming through, we might actually be getting somewhere. We have 14 men in the top 400 at the mo. That's not terrible.

I checked out Spain, thinking they'd have, like, 75, in the top 400. But it's only 29. Puts it in to perspective.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #366 on: November 08, 2014, 05:18 PM »
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Wow late developer eh.
You think that's late - check out Victor Estrella Burgos!

But it goes to show - players are peaking physically and mentally at a later age these days, often in their early 30s (just check Feliciano Lopez or Julien Benneteau), so it's a bit silly to rule players out in their early-mid 20s.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #367 on: November 08, 2014, 05:51 PM »
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Well done James. Final about midnight UK time?
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Re: James Ward « Reply #368 on: November 08, 2014, 09:09 PM »
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That is correct. Will be on the following livestream:

http://new.livestream.com/ATP/traralgonii2014centrecourt
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Re: James Ward « Reply #369 on: November 09, 2014, 01:26 AM »
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Looks like we'll have to wait a little bit longer for Ward to break the top 100. Goes down 4&1 to Millman in what I have to say was a very disappointing performance.

Was the better player until 3-3. Failed to capitalise on a couple of break chances and then fell apart. Millman barely hit a single winner, which tells you all you need to know. Pitiful second set.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #370 on: November 09, 2014, 07:52 AM »
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Such a pity
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