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James Ward into second round at Queen's

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James Ward beat Blaz Rola in straight sets in the first round at Queen's.

The British No. 3 was a 7-5, 6-4 victor over the Slovenian for the second time, after he beat him last month to gain a place in the French Open.

Despite being knocked out of the Open in the first round of the main draw, his success in the qualifying rounds meant he'd become the first Brit to progress through that route since John Lloyd in 1973.

The 27-year-old was given a wild card entry into this event, and proved just why that was the right decision with an impressive all-round display.

Ward produced only a handful of mistakes throughout the match, and one in particular came after he had broken Rola’s serve in the first game before giving up the advantage almost immediately.

However, he stole the advantage back at the end of the set, and a solitary break in the second proved to be the difference as world number 91 Rola produced a double fault at the wrong time. Ward served out for the match.

He will now meet with fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the second round, as he looks to replicate the form that saw him make the semi-finals at this tournament just a few years ago.

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