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Result: James Ward wins in Dubai

James Ward beats Teymuraz Gabashvili in the opening round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Great Britain's James Ward booked his place in round two of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a 2-6 6-4 7-6 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili this afternoon.

World number 60 Gabashvili gained the initiative early on, breaking Ward on two occasions on his way to claiming the opening set.

However, Ward, who is ranked 177 in ATP standings, rallied in the second set, and it ensured that a decider would be required.

The Brit raced into a 5-1 advantage in the third set, but he then went on to lose five games in succession, but was still able to force the contest into a tie-breaker.

Ward went on to spurn two match points, before making his advantage count at the third time of asking to win 8-6.

The 27-year-old will now face number six seed Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the quarter-finals, the winner of which could take on Novak Djokovic.

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Australian Open Second Round
Result
Karlovic
Nishikori
3 66 7 7 67
6 7  5 5 7 
Result
Andreescu
Sevastova
3 6 2
6 3 6
Result
Brengle
Pliskova
6 1 0
4 6 6
Result
Giorgi
Swiatek
6 6
2 0
Result
Kuzmova
Svitolina
4 1
6 6
Result
Wang
Krunic
6 6
2 3
Result
Coric
Fucsovics
6 6 6
4 3 4
Result
Ivashka
Carreno Busta
2 3 67
6 6 7 
Result
Kohlschreiber
Sousa
5 6 64 7 4
7 4 7  5 6
Result
Wawrinka
Raonic
7  66 611 65
64 7  7  7 
Result
Bacsinszky
Vikhlyantseva
6 7
2 5
Result
Mertens
Gasparyan
6 7
1 5
Result
Potapova
Keys
3 4
6 6
Result
Siegemund
Hsieh
3 4
6 6
Result
Osaka
Zidansek
6 6
2 4
Result
Chung
Herbert
2 6 2 4
6 1 6 6
Result
Donskoy
Krajinovic
4 68 62
6 7  7 
Result
Fognini
Mayer
7  6 7 
63 3 65
Result
Goffin
Copil
5 7 6 6
7 5 2 4
Result
Harrison
Medvedev
3 3 3
6 6 6
Result
Pouille
Marterer
7  7  5 6
68 68 7 4
Result
Halep
Kenin
6 65 6
3 7  4
Result
Zhang
Pliskova
6 7
3 5
Result
Cornet
Williams
3 6 0
6 4 6
Result
Daniel
Shapovalov
3 62 3
6 7  6
Result
Bolt
Simon
2 6 4 7  6
6 4 6 68 4
Result
Suarez Navarro
Yastremska
3 6 1
6 3 6
Result
Popyrin
Thiem
7 6 2
5 4 0

(ret.)
8am
Zverev
Chardy
Result
Bouchard
Williams
2 2
6 6
9.30am
Djokovic
Tsonga
9.30am
Konta
Muguruza

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