No Gasquet clash for Ward as Brit bows out at first hurdle

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Britain’s number two James Ward fell to qualifier Marinko Matosevic in the first roundof the AEGON International.

Ward, ranked 173 in the world, had looked set to be heading for a second-round match with top seed Richard Gasquet after he took the first set 6-4.

However, Australian Matosevic was not one to roll over, bouncing back emphatically to take the second set 6-1.

The third and deciding set was the closest, with Ward threatening to break the world number 82 on numerous occasions but never being able to capitalise on the break points.

In the end, it was the qualifier who stepped up to break serve in the ninth game and subsequently destroy the Brit’s hopes of reaching the second round.

It now means that Jamie Baker is the sole Briton left in the main draw of the men’s singles after he beat world number 50 Donald Young earlier today.