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Quick hits from Queen's 2014: Ward and Evans fly British flag

James Ward contemplates tactics in his First Round match with Yen-Hsun Lu.
by Alexandra Willis
Monday 9 June 2014

The first day of the 2014 Aegon Championships kicked off with lots of sunshine, a little rain, and some satisfying home success. Wimbledon.com reports...

Major highlights

There may have been no Andy Murray in action at The Queen's Club on the opening day of the 2014 Aegon Championships, but James Ward and Dan Evans gave the home crowd plenty else to cheer about, Ward with a comprehensive dealing with Slovenian Blaz Rola, and Evans with a quite tantalising upset of world No.56 Jurgen Melzer.

Ward, a semi-finalist at Queen's in the past, admitted that he has been boosted by the confidence of qualifying for the French Open, coupled with a new coaching partnership, and always relishes this time of year and the return to grass. 

"I play well on it.  It's a surface I like," he said. "Yeah, sure, today I love it."

Next up for the Londoner is a prime time encounter with the fourth seed and world No.12, Grigor Dimitrov, with whom, by quirk of fate, Ward has been practising.

"We practiced last week.  We know each other pretty well, anyway.  I think it will be a good match," he said.

Evans meanwhile produced one of his good days in a very tight three-set win against Melzer, on what he also described as "one of those good days." 

"I played well," he said.  "Took my chances when I needed them and fought back from a break down in the third." 

Next up for him is the big-serving Kevin Anderson. "I'm looking forward to playing him, to be honest," Evans said.  "It's always nice winning matches in the bigger tournaments."

It was also a successful day for four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt, who still seems to be showing no signs of hanging up his racket. Hewitt brushed aside Spain's Daniel Gimeno Traver, saying that he is particularly pleased with how quickly he and his body have adjusted to being back on grass. 

Big win

For qualifier James Duckworth. The Australian recovered from surrendering the first set 0-6 to the wily Dudi Sela to triumph in three. 

Quote of the day

"I should have lost that.  I'm not going to say a lot.  I was happy to win because, you know, I thought I was going to lose that match."

 Bernard Tomic says it how it was after beating Tim Smyczek in three sets

Spotted

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Out and about

There were several comings and goings at Queen's on the opening day as Tomas Berdych played some table tennis, Andy Murray met some beaming youngsters from the Make a Wish Foundation, and Mike Bryan took part in a mini tennis clinic.  

Tweet of the day


Coming up on Tuesday

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[7] K Anderson (RSA) vs [WC] D Evans (GBR)
[9] M Cilic (CRO) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
[4] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] J Ward (GBR)
[Q] J Duckworth (AUS) vs [2] T Berdych (CZE)
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs F Lopez (ESP) / J Melzer (AUT)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
D Goffin (BEL) vs D Thiem (AUT)
[WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs B Klahn (USA)
D Kudla (USA) vs S Querrey (USA)
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs J Chardy (FRA) / D Tursunov (RUS)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
[12] D Tursunov (RUS) vs I Sijsling (NED)
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs E Donskoy (RUS)
[15] R Stepanek (CZE) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ)
M Ebden (AUS) vs L Lacko (SVK)

COURT 9 start 12:30 pm
B Paire (FRA) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
[16] J Benneteau (FRA) vs V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / E Gulbis (LAT) vs J Nieminen (FIN) / G Simon (FRA)
E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs M Matosevic (AUS) / B Paire (FRA)
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs [WC] D Evans (GBR) / J Ward (GBR)

COURT 10 start 12:30 pm
P Lorenzi (ITA) vs [11] V Pospisil (CAN)
D Istomin (UZB) vs [Q] F Dustov (UZB) 


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