Great Britain's James Ward believes his fellow compatriot Daniel Evans will have a chance to beat No. 18 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili when they meet in the Wimbledon second round. Wildcard world No. 195 Ward blew a great chance to stun 16th-ranked Basilashvili as the Georgian came from two sets down to beat the Briton 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 8-6.
Ward appeared to be heading toward a straight-set win but the match changed when Basilashvili broke back the Briton in the third game of the third set to avoid going 3-0 down. Meanwhile Evans -- who recently won two grass titles at the Challenger level -- made a good start to his Wimbledon campaign as he saw off Argentina's Federico Delbonis in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3.
"Of course. We play a completely different style. Evo slices a lot, will keep the ball low," Ward said, when asked if he believed Evans could hurt the Georgian, per Metro UK. "A lot of times when he goes out and plays, it’s in his hands.
He literally goes for every ball. If he gets on a good streak, he’s very difficult to deal with. No matter who you are, he wouldn’t be 16 in the world for no reason. "There’s a lot of other guys that haven’t coped with it. I thought I did for large parts of the match today. Yeah, just wasn’t enough in the end."