Result: James Ward through to Cincinnati second round

British number two James Ward is through to the second round of the Cincinnati Open after defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets.

James Ward has defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets to advance through to the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

The British number two stormed through qualifying with wins over Tobias Kamke and Paul-Henri Mathieu, and the 27-year-old continued his excellent form against the world number 32.

Ward took advantage of a slow start from the Spaniard to break twice to take a one-set advantage, but after missing seven break-point opportunities at the start of the second, Garcia-Lopez opened up a 4-1 lead.

However, after conceding the set, Ward stormed through the decider, moving 5-0 ahead before eventually running out a 6-2 3-6 6-1 victor to register his first win at a Masters Series tournament.

Ward will now play either Julien Benneteau or Blaz Rola in the last 32.

James Ward of Great Britain celebrates match point after his five set victory against Sam Querrey of the United States during day one of the Davis Cup World Group first round between the U.S. and Great Britain at PETCO Park on January 31, 2014
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