|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - WARD WINS 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 6-4 - A standing ovation meets Ward’s return to the court. He’s done it!! A superb display sealed with an ace. How apt. Could this be the start of one the greatest turnarounds in Britain’s Davis Cup history? Evans and Donskoy – over to you. This is very exciting.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 5-4 - Tursunov holds. Ward must serve for the match... A defining moment in the Brit’s career is just moments away.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 5-3 - Remember: Ward needs to win his next two service games to force a deciding rubber. However he gets off to the worst possible start as Tursunov takes the opening two points, the second after a pulsating rally. The Brit stays in the next rally and is grateful to see Tursunov fire wide before he sends down a serve which his rival can’t control. More clenching of the fists but the Russian forces deuce. Ward goes for a big backhand, makes it, and then serves it out. Superb.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 4-3 - Tursunov keen to put Ward under pressure as he reels off the first three points. Another Tursunov double fault is met by cheers from the crowd – there’s no doubting their allegiance – and suddenly Ward finds himself at deuce. Tursunov belatedly sees out the game.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 4-2 - Ward has got aces on tap. He flies into a 40-0 lead with three beautiful serves and a great midcourt forehand seals it. He pumps his fists, sending the crowd into a frenzy. He’s just two games away from one of the biggest scalps of his career and sending this to a decider.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 3-2 - Is Tursunov struggling slightly? He plays a really tight shot to give Ward a half chance at 15-30. Back at 30-30 we see a monster of a point - the point of the match which ends as Tursunov finally gives in and sends a wild forehand long. This is a massive break point. And yes, you guessed it, the Russian double faults. Britain have the break. Evans, get your kit on son.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 2-2 - If Ward could serve like this week in, week out, he would be a quality player. All four first serves couldn’t be matched by a Tursunov return.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 1-2 - Tursunov gets his serve going and holds comfortably without much resistance. Evans and Donskoy have disappeared to prepare for their potential Davis Cup finale...
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 1-1 - Solid hold here from Ward too. Very hard to predict which way this one will go. I suspect it will come down to the smallest lapse in concentration.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 0-1 - The drums are out in full voice as Coventry senses a comeback. The last two five setters didn’t go the way of Great Britain. They deserve a bit of fortune, don’t they? Tursunov looks focused though and holds to love.
- - WARD WINS SECOND SET 6-4 - Huge cry from Ward as he fires down yet another ace. Tursunov then misses a backhand and Ward has two set points. Tursunov can’t handle a big serve and we’re back level at two sets all.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 5-4 - Big serve, ace, low volley, ace. Four points. All Tursunov’s. Ward to serve for the fourth set. We’re approaching the three hour mark, but there’s a good few minutes left in this one yet...
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 5-3 - At times Tursunov is unplayable, thundering shots left, right and centre. He struggles to maintain that level for more than a few points though. Ward holds and is just one game away from sending this to a decider...
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 4-3 - Tursunov quickly gets 40-0 up, but a double fault and two great returns get us to deuce. Two missed forehands from Ward gift Tursunov the game though. Missed chance, that.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 4-2 - Ward races into a 30-0 lead. If there was a criticism to be levelled at the Brit it is, perhaps, that he doesn’t capitalise on his momentum. He needs to hold here... And does, thanks to an erratic Tursunov forehand which finds the net.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 3-2 - The crowd cheering Tursunov’s every error but the Russian holds. I wonder what Dan Evans is thinking? It might yet come down to his match later with Evgeny Donskoy.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 3-1 - A few boos ring out as Tursunov questions a decision and he responds by making a gesture to the crowd which umpire Enric Molina cautions him for. Huge cheers greet the next point as the Russian is sent sprawling to the floor after over stretching. Ward holds, Coventry is boisterous again, Britain have hope once more.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 2-1 - Ward is really geeing himself up now. And he needs to as the crowd has lost its enthusiasm. Two double faults hand Ward a break point chance. He has to take this, so no pressure lad. Wow. I will repeat. Wow. A third double fault gifts Ward the break. Just what team GB needed. Tursunov hangs his head in shame.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 1-1 - Ward not ready to throw in the towel just yet. The level of his serving has been superb. A loud ‘Come on’ reminiscent of many an Andy Murray clash is uttered from Wardy as he holds.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-7 0-1 - Tursunov is hitting top form now and holds easily at the start of the fourth set. This tie is going to be Russia’s but for an incredible turnaround.
- - TURSUNOV TAKES THE THIRD SET 7-5 - The air horns are starting to grate slightly, I must admit. Fortunately the soothing drum takes over and healthy hearing is restored... Tursunov starting to show his advanced ranking as he earns three more set points but Ward saves the first two. The Russian takes control of his final set point, moving Ward like a gangly puppet, to take the third set. He didn’t deserve the second set, but few could begrudge Tursunov the third set after a tennis masterclass.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-6 - This is class from Tursunov who holds to love. Two aces for good measure as well. Can Ward make it to the tie-break this time around?
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 5-5 - Ward needs to back up the break as Tursunov still sits in a commanding position. Tursunov crashes a return crosscourt to force 30-30 and a similar approach shot earns the Russian set point. A nice big ace from Ward saves it. “Let’s go Wardy, let’s go”, is the cry from the home faithful. It seems to help as he levels the scores. Stunning response.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 4-5 - Great shot down the line from Ward gives the Brit a 0-30 lead, but Tursunov responds expertly with his own backhand to half the deficit. What follows is the longest rally in the match – many, many shots (I didn’t count...) – which concludes with a wide Tursunov forehand. Two break points, but Ward nets the first. The crowd are turning up the noise, trying to inspire their competitor. And what a passing shot from the Brit! Break back. How exciting.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 3-5 - No let up in the pressure as the reinvigorated Tursunov gets to 30-30. Even a near perfect serve from Ward is met by Tursunov’s racket, albeit the return is netted. Ward holds. Can Tursunov keep his temperament in check and serve this out?
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 2-5 - Lightning hold from Tursunov. Ward barely had a shot. The James Ward that started this match has vanished. As has the Dmitry Tursunov...
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 2-4 - Tursunov shows his class to earn two break points after some powerful hitting. A long Ward forehand means it’s advantage Russia and you just sense that the Brit is fading. He badly needed to win that second set.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 2-3 - Beautiful spinning drop shot from Ward is the highlight of an otherwise Tursunov-dominated game. This game needs a bit of atmosphere and the stadium DJ elects to blare out Rizzle Kick’s Mama Do The Hump. I would have plumped for a proper sing along anthem like Sweet Child Of Mine personally.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 2-2 - Ward’s not moving quite as well as he was and it appears Tursunov’s second set smash-and-grab has sapped the juice from his body. He holds despite facing deuce - his 16th ace and a long Tursunov return sealing it.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 1-2 - The Coventry crowd is stunned, even the air horns sound lifeless. The game is Russia’s and is met by polite applause.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 1-1 - Ward briefly looks as though he’s going to hand the break straight back to the Russian as he loses the opening two points with some weak hitting. He manages to recover, but a big Tursunov forehand means break point. Saved! A big ace brings us to deuce. However Ward nets the following point to give the Russian a second break point. Silence in the Ricoh Arena as Ward nets a very hittable high bouncing ball. As you were ten minutes ago.
- - WARD 6-4 5-7 1-0 - Tursunov looks more confident now and takes the first point with a well constructed play. However this new composed Russian disappears as Ward recovers to earn another break point. WOW – shot of the match. Ward plays a horribly short ball, which Tursunov sends out wide but somehow the Brit stretches to fire it down the line.
- - TURSUNOV WINS SECOND SET 7-5 - Tursunov’s forehand starts exploding on the baseline, sending the ball continually flying back at the Brit who does well to return more often than not. However, a great backhand gives Tursunov his first break point, and set point, of the match. Tursunov comes alive, pouncing on a weak second serve, and dictates the point. A beast of a forehand down the line forces Ward to net. One set all. Undeserved, but the Russian showed his class in that game.
- - WARD 6-4 5-6 - Ward turns on the heat to force two break points. He sends a return long to make it 30-40 and Tursunov manages to level to get to deuce. A short return hands Tursunov game point which he takes with an ace out wide. Great response by the Russian – the mark of a top player. Tursunov has his ticket for the second set tie-break, can Ward join him?
- - WARD 6-4 5-5 - Ward serving to stay in the set but he faces a bit of pressure – finally – from Tursunov at 15-30. Two great points from Ward gives him the lead and game point... Wide backhand from Tursunov and it’s five apiece.
- - WARD 6-4 4-5 - Tursunov follows suit and holds to love. He looks to have ironed out a few of the kinks in his mentality and is looking slightly more passive. When he gets that forehand motoring it is a thing of beauty.
- - WARD 6-4 4-4 - Second straight service hold to love for Ward, how is he ranked 214th in the world? Big serves, a tactical mind and an array of shots – he needs to get himself on the move up the rankings!
- - WARD 6-4 3-4 - A stunning forehand at full stretch from Ward gives him 15-30, and a wide Tursunov forehand leads to a break point. Boom. Big ace from Tursunov in the corner saves it and stumbles through the remaining points to hold.
- - WARD 6-4 3-3 - Great hold that from Ward. Tursunov can’t get near him at the moment. This kid, Wardy, needs to get himself amongst the big boys more often. On this display he’s easily good enough.
- - WARD 6-4 2-3 - This is better from Tursunov as he dictates a few points, imposing himself with that weapon of a forehand to open up a healthy lead. After a predictable error or two the Russian holds and remains very much in this second set – indeed, he leads it.
- - WARD 6-4 2-2 - Ah yes, a second rendition of, “We love you Wardy, we do”, belted out by the keen fans. He’s going to need all of their support as a couple of sloppy points sees him at 0-30. Wow, four straight points from Ward complete a great turnaround. He’s yet to face a break point.
- - WARD 6-1 1-2 - We’ve just seen the best and the worst of the Russian. Erratic defence to fall 0-30 behind before powerful serving and quick limbs at the net secure him the game. If he doesn’t settle down soon he’s going to find himself two sets down.
- - WARD 6-1 1-1 - Ward survives a little wobble at 15-30 by coming up with an important ace and clinches the game with a backhand down the line. Still moving well, it’s really peculiar how he’s ranked 214. He’s easily playing like a top 100 player.
- - WARD 6-4 0-1 - Tursunov needs to respond quickly, but falls behind with a wayward forehand. He looks angry as he fires a smash straight into the crowd. Another reckless forehand gifts Ward another break point. Not to be, Ward fires a backhand a yard beyond the baseline. The Russian gets himself ahead in deuce, but a double fault levels it once more. Something’s going on in that head of his. He pulls himself together long enough to hold though.
- - WARD WINS FIRST SET 6-4 - Ward’s seventh ace gives him a 15-0 lead and calms the nerves. A delicious drop shot, the best of the match, doubles his advantage before he fires down yet another ace. Three set points. And he seals it when Tursunov nets. Wow – great start from Ward. Superb, even. Can he actually maintain this level?
- - WARD 5-4 - Tursunov has a lot of power, but we see too much of it as he fires a forehand and then a backhand past Ward’s baseline to leave us at 15-40. Two break points... Ward gets the ball back and it’s firing back and forth. Tursunov nets! Ward will serve for the opening set after a brief sit down.
- - 4-4 - A few spectators have managed to smuggle in air horns for the third day running and they’re helping to create a cracking atmosphere – whether my eardrums will appreciate them if this goes to five sets remains to be seen though. Comfortable hold by Ward whose serve has yet to be threatened.
- - WARD 3-4 - Ward shows good hands at the net to take an early advantage, can he capitalise? At 30-30 a spinning Tursunov drop shot catches the line but Ward takes the next point for deuce... It’s not to be for Great Britain, two powerful shots from Tursunov are netted by Ward.
- - 3-3 - Three great defensives shots from Ward come to nothing as Tursunov manoeuvres him all over the court to win the first point. And is this the first break opportunity? A wide Ward passing shot gives the Russian 15-30, but the Brit quickly fires down two serves that Tursunov can’t control to lead 40-30. A final wild return and Ward holds.
- - WARD 2-3 - Tursunov, sporting a lovely green top, takes the first three points before Ward predicts his serve and sends a return flying past the man in green. Ward nets the following return though and we’re still on serve.
- - 2-2 - Ward back in ‘ace mode’ already. Five already to give him 40-0. And a sweeping forehand gives him a hold to love. Both players looking good.
- - WARD 1-2 - Tursunov has quite the forehand in his locker and uses it to his advantage to build a 30-15 advantage after earlier giving the Brit a glimmer with a double fault. But what’s this? A second Tursunov double fault in three points? Nope, Umpire Enric Molina overrules the decision. A wide forehand from Ward hands Tursunov the game.
- - 1-1 - Nothing settles the nerves quite like successive aces from your opening two serves. Well, fortunately for Ward and Great Britain, he’s done exactly that. The Brit seals the game with a confident midcourt smash. We’re level.
- - WARD 0-1 - Tursunov’s second serve is returned deep by Ward sparking a baseline rally. Ward eventually nets and doesn’t get close in the following two points to find himself 0-40 behind. Tursunov misses the first sitter of the match at the net – not the first I expect – but serves it out with an ace. The Russia leads.
- - The fourth rubber will be opened by Dmitry Tursunov. He bounces the ball three times, throws it high above his head and sends down his first serve... It’s out.
13:05 - Here they are. Both players are greeted by a fantastic reception as the spectators’ feet pound the floor. “We love you Wardy, we do,” is being sung by a few keen fans – unfortunately the rest of the Ricoh neglects to join in and it fizzles out. The warm up is underway...
13:00 - We're just waiting for the players to arrive on court - a fairly important requirement for any tennis match. A few empty seats in the Ricoh Arena so if you live in the nearby area then head on down and see if you can sneak in. The fans that have made the trip look in good spirits.
12:55 - The message from Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming after yesterday’s resounding doubles victory was loud and clear: this tie is still alive. Have Britain left themselves too much to do though? It’s a big ask.
12:50 - Remember… Britain must win both singles rubbers to progress to the World Group play-off, Russia need only one. The first, James Ward vs. Dmitry Tursunov, has all the ingredients to be a classic. Yes, Ward is ranked 147 places lower than Tursunov but the support from a loud Coventry crowd combined with the Russian’s concentration lapses should make this a close contest.
12:45 - So then. Who thinks Great Britain can perform a remarkable turnaround? I do, and that’s why I’m here to take you through the action with our LIVE coverage. Pop the kettle on, strap yourself in (after pouring yourself a caffeine-fuelled cuppa), and get ready for the greatest comeback in Davis Cup history... Or a comfortable Russian win, whichever you prefer.
|Date of Birth||09/02/1987|
|Date of Birth||12/12/1982|