Wimbledon 2015: James Ward out after five-set battle

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Wimbledon
Highlights: Ward out of Wimbledon after immense effort
Wimbledon 2015
Venue: All England Club Dates: 29 June - 12 July
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British number four James Ward's brave bid to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon ended in a thrilling five-set defeat at the hands of Vasek Pospisil.

Wildcard Ward, 28, was playing in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

He led the big-serving Canadian by two sets to one but lost 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 8-6 in three hours and five minutes.

Andy Murray, who beat Andreas Seppi later on Saturday, is Britain's last survivor in the main draw.

Ward, who is Murray's friend and training partner, gave everything as he tried to reach round four but fell agonisingly short.

James Ward

The Londoner still leaves SW19 with prize money of £77,000 - more than he had previously earned this year and the biggest paycheck of his career.

Ward, the world number 111, will also break into the top 100 for the first time in his career after his best ever showing at a Grand Slam.

John Lloyd, former British number one
"The financial break his progress here will give James is massive. A paycheck like that will make a huge difference to a player of his standing.
"But, more importantly, being in the top 100 is big. It's very big. You feel like you've arrived.
"He will get direct entry into some of the best tournaments, and now he has cleared this hurdle he will just want to go higher - top 75, top 50."

But an already memorable tournament would have become a spectacular one had he managed to see off Pospisil, ranked 55 places above him, and extend his Wimbledon campaign to the second week.

Roared on by a noisy crowd, Ward struggled to live with Pospisil's power in the first set but visibly grew in self-belief as he turned the match around.

Ward pumps up crowd after epic rally

The volume on Court One increased as Ward took the third set, recovering to win one remarkable rally that gave him a crucial break point.

But he could not maintain his momentum in the fourth, with Pospisil rediscovering the rhythm of his booming serve-volley game as he levelled the match again.

The atmosphere became even more tense as the decider continued on serve and Ward was the first to crack at 6-6.

Pospisil sank to his knees after serving out his victory and will play Dustin Brown's conqueror Viktor Troicki next.

Vasek Pospisil celebrates his win over James Ward
Vasek Pospisil celebrates his win over James Ward
James Ward leaves Court One after his third-round defeat
James Ward leaves Court One after his third-round defeat
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