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Result: Dan Evans battles through in Australian Open qualifying

Dan Evans progresses through to the final round of qualifying for the Australian Open, but British compatriot James Ward bows out in Melbourne.

Dan Evans has secured his place in the final round of qualifying ahead of the Australian Open with a three-set win over Amir Weintraub.

The British number five took the opening set before becoming embroiled in an altercation with his opponent's vocal support, who received a warning from the umpire.

Evans regained his composure to serve for the match but he squandered several points to progress, and in the next game produced four double faults as Weintraub fought back to extend the contest after winning a tie-break.

Dan Evans plays a forehand in his match against Amir Weintraub during the second round of 2016 Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2016© Getty Images

The umpire would hand a frustrated Evans a code violation warning, but the Birmingham hitter broke serve three times in the decider to record a 7-5 6-7 6-2 triumph, which sets up a match with American Bjorn Fratangelo

However, there was disappointment for James Ward, who fell to a 6-4 7-5 defeat to Dennis Novikov.

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