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James Ward thanks Murray for backing him in win over Isner

Andy Murray backed James WardAndy Murray backed James Ward in what pay per head bookies saw was an impressive win over John Isner, something that the player admitted made the victory much more gratifying.

The Scot cheered cheering Ward after helping the UK have a great start against the US after he beat Donald Young in a stunning fashion.

The visiting team appeared to draw level after the first couple of sets were taken 7-6 7-5 by Isner, but many fans were impressed to see Ward make a great comeback as he set up a decider by winning the following two.

And in the match that took place at Galsgow’s Emirates Arena, Murray was just as happy as any other fan when he saw Ward win what was his sixth match point, edging the last set of the meeting at 15-13.

Then the Scot took to Twitter: “Time to remove every item of clothing and run through the streets of Glasgow.. Absolute farce from @JamesWardtennis” and his friend and team-mate was delighted with the Scot’s backing.

“To have Andy there living every point with you is something I haven’t really experienced before and that’s why it was a special moment,” said Ward.

“He is probably my best friend in tennis and we did a lot of training in Miami. He knows how hard I have worked and I know how hard he works. So it was good to share the moment together.”

Ward acknowledged that the training that he did Miami had its rewards when he faced the player who was able to win the longest match in the history of the sport.

Many fans and pay per head bookies won’t forget when in 2010, the American beat Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes, but this time around a 28-year-old Ward did not show any signs of backing down in a meeting that was almost five hours long.

Ward said: “Look, five hours with John isn’t easy and it’s more mentally tiring.

“It wasn’t like each rally was long because he was serving a lot of aces and a lot of unreturnables. But you need to be there each point because you never know when your chance is going to come.

“He can serve four aces and then the next game you could have a break point and you have to be there all the time. All the hard work pays off.”

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