James Ward: Briton defeated in Claro Open in Colombia

James Ward
Ward reached the third round of Wimbledon earlier this month for the first time in his career

British number three James Ward has been knocked out of the Claro Open after a hard-fought first-round loss.

The 28-year-old was beaten 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 by German Michael Berrer in just under two hours in Bogota, Colombia.

After losing the first set, Ward struck back with 10 aces in the second, which he won on a tie-break before narrowly missing out in the decider.

Ward, who reached the third round of Wimbledon this year, has helped Britain reach the Davis Cup semi-finals.

Britain will host Australia in September after progressing to the last four for the first time in 34 years.

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