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The Other British Men

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Alex Ward‏@AlexWard19903m
Getting so much love on my timeline today. Thanks guys, I appreciate it #comeonwardy #onlyplayedapractiseset

lol

6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 2-2 - ridiculous how close all of these Singles rubbers have been so far.
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Alex Ward‏@AlexWard19903m
Getting so much love on my timeline today. Thanks guys, I appreciate it #comeonwardy #onlyplayedapractiseset

lol


Love it! Ward up a break, serving at 3-2
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Ward breaks. My stream buffered on an 'unbelievable' rally at 30-30, which Ward apparently won before Tursunov double faulted. Thank god for twitter, this match is unwatchable on my internet connection.

Edit: Finally stopped buffering and I got to see it. Loved Ward's celebration. Tursunov clearly rattled.

Neil Harman‏@NeilHarmanTimes36s
Three consecutive aces and a blistering backhand winner. Ward's most impressive game of match. 4-2

Love Kyle Edmund and Matt Little clapping along.

DavidLaw‏@DavidLawTennis58s
This time last week a British bloke won a big one from the brink of defeat. Just saying.
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Phew! Went 0-30 down, but holds and leads 5-3.....
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Phew! Went 0-30 down, but holds and leads 5-3.....
Thank god for that, mine's only at 30-30. Can watch the rest of this game without the tension now.

Ward to serve for it then. This game will probably decide the match, one way or another.
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He's done it! What a win. 6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Almost opposite of Evans' result, in that all the sets he won were 6-4, ones he lost were to 7.
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Sensational! Ward takes the match! I can't belive it....
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Andy's watching.

robstewart‏@robstewart2m
Massive stuff from Wardy! Watching on lta website with @andy_murray and jez green. Come on Evo!!
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What a great win for James! Smile
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 yay yay yay  Well done Wardy - what a man!!!!!   yay yay yay
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How the heck is Ward ranked so low? Both of the them have pushed players ranked in the top 100 to 5 sets, and Ward has just beaten a player ranked 67.
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Sensational! Ward takes the match! I can't belive it....

Looking back, it was such a huge hit to his career to get injured when he did, just two weeks after a career-best win against Pablo Andujar at Wimbledon. Then got edged out in a 5th by Mardy Fish - two of the best performances of his career. Got injured and missed pretty much the rest of the year, briefly coming back before having to have surgery.

Easily a top 150 player is Ward. Hopefully he can hover round 200 (or better) where he is now until Wimbledon, then really kick back up the rankings in the latter half of the year where he has nothing to defend. Hopefully this win (and performance against Donskoy) can kickstart that his climb back up the rankings. It was only a year ago he beat Igor Sijsling to qualify for the Australian Open - since then Sijsling has risen to the top 70, coming close to beating Tommy Haas, whilst Ward has gone the other way.

How the heck is Ward ranked so low? Both of the them have pushed players ranked in the top 100 to 5 sets, and Ward has just beaten a player ranked 67.
Injury.

Was top 150, thanks to a Challenger final + Challenger win in 2011 and then reaching Wimbledon R2 last year (beat Pablo Andujar, top 50 player in the first round in a 5 setter). Then got injured at Newport in July, barely played rest of season and couldn't defend that Challenger title.

Dropped down to #260 after injury, reached a Challenger final earlier this year and rose back to around #210.

Of course playing a match in this environment with a whole stadium roaring you on and cheering your opponent's every mistake offers some bias to the result and performance of both players.
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Davis Cup brings out the best in players such as Ward and Evans, they seem to beat people 100-200 places above them. Whereas in Slams etc. they can't do it.
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Davis Cup brings out the best in players such as Ward and Evans, they seem to beat people 100-200 places above them. Whereas in Slams etc. they can't do it.
Ward did last year. And the year before that he beat Wawrinka and Querrey at Queens, before pushing Tsonga all the way.

Ward has the ability to perform like this consistently, Evans unfortunately doesn't seem capable of it, and he's admitted himself he doesn't train hard enough and probably struggles to motivate himself.
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Ward did last year.

Indeed but I am referring to in general, there are some players in the Top 100 that I see Ward beating. Some being Chardy, Dodig and even Davy. As well as many more.
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