By Philip James
James Ward def Marton Fucsovics 3-6, 7-5, 6-3; Kun-Ming, China
Ward lost to the Hungarian in the final of the An-Ning Challenger, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, on Sunday but today was able to reverse the defeat.
Ward rose 51 places in the rankings to 210 thanks to his run to the final last week and remains on the Chinese red clay in Kun-Ming this week.
Despite losing the first set, Britain’s number two fought back to win in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 7-3 in a hour and 40 minutes with just one break in each set.
Both men struggled to make an impact on return, but it was Fucsovics, ranked 253, who was able to string enough points together to take a break and with it the set.
Both men created more chances in the second set and Ward earned his first two break points, taking the second, while saving three on his own serve to tie the match at two sets apiece.
From there Ward pushed on, holding his serve with ease now, while nabbing a break to win the set and the match.
His reward is a tough match against home favourite 21-year-old Di Wu, who is ranked 37 places above him.
Dustin Brown/Rameez Junaid def Ken Skupski/Andreas Beck 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
Jamie Delgado/Andreas Siljestrom def Adrian Ungur/Adrian Menendez-MacEiras by retirement
Skupski, who won a futures tournament with his brother Neal last week, started well with partner Andreas Beck, taking the first set 6-3.