ATP Claro Open Colombia: James Ward through to the last 16 in Bogota
Last Updated: 17/07/14 9:17am
James Ward: Through to the last 16 in Bogota
James Ward was given a helping hand as he reached the last-16 of the Claro Open in Bogota.
The 27-year-old Londoner was leading Matthew Ebden 6-4 3-0 when the seventh seed from Australia was forced to retire hurt with a hand injury.
Ward's reward is a clash with Jimmy Wang, with the world No 133 advancing after a 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3 victory over Michal Przysiezny.
Victor Estrella Burgos beat Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5 6-3 to set up a clash with Peter Polansky who defeated local favourite Nicolas Barrientos 3-6 6-4 6-3.
Third seed Vasek Pospisil is through to the quarter-finals after a straight-sets win over Alex Kuznetsov.
The all-North American clash was a tight affair but the Canadian eventually overcame his opponent from the United States 7-5 7-5.
Pospisil will next face Bernard Tomic who upset the home fans with a 6-1 7-6 (7/2) win over Alejandro Falla.
Fourth-seed Radek Stepanek also progressed to the last-eight with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 win over Argentina's Guido Pella.
Sixth seed Alejandro Gonzalez defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-3 6-4 and will play Stepanek in the quarter-finals