By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray defeats Robin Haase in straight sets
- James Ward defeats Jiri Vesely in four sets
- Aljaz Bedene loses in four sets to Viktor Troicki
Andy Murray and James Ward have both booked their place in the third round of Wimbledon after victories earlier on today.
Murray only needed three sets to defeat Robin Haase in an hour and 30 minutes. The British number one came through routinely 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 to seal a third round berth on Saturday.
The 28 year old broke three times in a comfortable first set, and only dropped one point on his own serve. The pattern continued in the second set, with Haase struggling to get to grips with Murray’s return game. An early break advantage was doubled at 4-1, and the Brit successfully served out the set to take it 6-1.
The third set was slightly more competitive with Haase finding his game more, but it still was not enough to topple the third seed. A break at 3-3 gave Murray an insurmountable lead, and the Brit served it out to book his place in the round of 32.
“I am very happy with the way I played,” Murray said told BBC SPORT
“I felt there were things I could do better in the first round but today I did things much better. I felt like I dictated the baseline rallies.”
Looking to join Murray in Saturday’s order of play was British number four Ward. He faced a tough test in the form of Jiri Vesely who is ranked number 45 in the world.
Eager to impress in front of the home crowd, Ward came out swinging. The world number 111 broke twice in the opening set to claim it 6-2, much to the court two spectators.
The second set was not quite as routine, but it was still Ward applying the pressure. He forced seven break points on the Vesely serve but could not convert a single one. A tiebreak it was to decide the set, and there Ward took over. The Brit broke serve twice in a row to take it 7-4, and thus giving himself a two set lead.
The higher ranked Vesely sensed the urgency to up his game in the third as the match was seemingly slipping away. The Czech broke at 2-1 in the third set before going on to serve it out to love 6-3.
Despite his opponent raising his level, Ward still sensed that this could be his time. The 28 year old broke at 2-1 to put himself within games of the third round. Despite facing break points in the following game, the Londoner stayed calm and held his nerve and serve all the way to the finish.
This is Ward’s greatest ever Wimbledon result- something he still scarcely believes.
“Now it’s done it’s good because a lot of people will get off my back.” The British number four said post match (Source: BBC SPORT.)
“I just can’t put it into words. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
Ward will also break the world’s top 100 for the first time when the new rankings are announced courtesy of his excellent run at SW19. His adventure will continue on Saturday where he faces big serving Canadian Vasek Pospisil. He overcame Fabio Fognini in four sets earlier today.
There was no such luck for Aljaz Bedne however. The British number two was dumped out by 22nd seed Viktor Troicki in four sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The Brit made a strong start by breaking early, but his lead was vanquished at 3-2. Bedene broke again the following game, but Troicki broke straight back and then again to seal the set.
The second set was all Bedene. The Slovenian born Brit broke twice to take the set 6-3 and level the score at one set all. However the 22nd seed would soon establish his authority over the match, breaking Bedene twice to take the third set 6-2.
With hopes of a third round place alongside Murray and Ward fading, Bedene was broken again in the fourth set. Despite fighting back to save on match point at 5-4, the Brit would ultimately be sent packing by Troicki 6-4 in the fourth.
It was still a good tournament for Bedene, who won his first grand slam match in his first Wimbledon tournament as a Great Britain representative.
However all eyes will now be on Murray and Ward who will both play on Saturday as they attempt to make the second week.
Murray will face Andreas Seppi whilst Ward will face Pospisil.
You can follow their progress on the Britwatchsports.com live scoring service: Live Scores