Battle of the Brits – Andy Murray 6-3 7-5 James Ward

A win for either James Ward or Andy Murray would confirm their places in the semi-finals. Both had lost to Kyle Edmund in the group during the week but time to put it right and seal their place.

Murray had improved as the week went on but you had to wonder whether for a guy with one match under his belt in 9 months coming into the match would have too much left in the tank?

There wasn’t too much to separate between the two players but breaks were a plenty and both squandering break points and leads in the opening set.

James Ward was definitely more aggressive and this was shown in his forehand which he was hitting around 4-5mph faster than in his previous two matches.

The service games of James Ward continued to be prolonged following question after question from Murray who broke in two consecutive games, one 13 minutes and the other 10 to take a 5-3 lead!

After a set of breaks it was a smooth ending for Murray who took a 6-3 lead!

James didn’t let losing the first set bother him too much as he saw a break point immediately on Murray’s first game but couldn’t capitalise on it but continued to lead on serve at 3-2.

A bit of an outburst by Murray following a poor forehand sealed the first break of the set as James Ward took a 4-2 lead.

A break of serve against Andy Murray hasn’t been that profitable during the event as once again after slipping a break down he broke straight back and quickly levelled at 4-4.

At 0-40, things looked like going from bad to worse for Ward who was on a bit of a downwards spiral but to his credit pulled it together to hold and was followed by a 78 second hold of serve from Murray!

Another loose game from James followed and this time it was a costly one as Murray got the break and would then serve for the win and a place in the semi-finals!

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