Brits bomb at Eastbourne
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:34
Bogdanovic, who came through qualifying to reach the main draw, was agonisingly close to one of the best wins of his career but eventually fell to second seed Dmitry Tursunov 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 7-6 (7/5).
Ward was also beaten in a close battle with Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic as he lost 7-6 (8/6) 6-4.
Bogdanovic deservedly won his first set on a tie-break but saw the Tursunov up his game to level the match with a single break of serve in the second set.
The Russian went ahead in the decider but Bogdanovic fought back well and had points for a 5-3 lead.
However, Tursunov withstood the challenge and then won four straight points from 5-3 down in the tie-break to progress to the semi-finals.
Ward’s first set was also an extremely tight affair, with Dancevic eventually prevailing in a tie-break.
The world number 126 looked to be cruising when he went a double break ahead in the second set but Ward battled back impressively to level.
However, a third break proved decisive as Dancevic served out for victory and a quarter-final meeting with Argentinian Leonardo Mayer, who beat Julien Benneteau 6-4 6-4.