Davis Cup: GB’s James Ward beaten by Dusan Lajovic as Serbia level tie

James Ward

James Ward is ranked 240th in the world

Great Britain’s James Ward lost in straight sets to Dusan Lajovic as Serbia drew level at 1-1 in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Belgrade.

Ward lost 6-1 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes against a player ranked 159 places above him, at 81st in the world.

Kyle Edmund gave Great Britain the lead on Friday with a straight-sets victory over Janko Tipsarevic.

Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot will face Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles later on Saturday.

Ward, currently ranked 240 in the world, was a late inclusion in the squad after replacing Andy Murray, who chose to sit out the tie.

The 29-year-old, whose ranking has dropped after he was inside the world’s top 100 this time last year, was broken in the first game of the match and struggled throughout against the highest-ranked player in Serbia’s squad.

Ward made 73 errors in the match and hit just 12 winners compared to Lajovic’s 23.


Former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd:

Even if James Ward had played at his best, he would have struggled – but you could see he just didn’t have confidence.

He made so many unforced errors. You could see he wasn’t sure what to do on the court. He was outclassed.

Lajovic has a lot of ability and so many variations in his game. He was very good today. He sussed out Ward very quickly and moved him around the court in a classy performance.

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Davis Cup: GB’s James Ward beaten by Dusan Lajovic as Serbia level tie

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