Mercedes Cup: Britain's Alex Ward qualifies for main draw in Stuttgart
Last Updated: 08/07/13 8:44pm
Alexander Ward: British player will take on Fabio Fognini in first round of Mercedes Cup
Alex Ward is through to the final stages of the Mercedes Cup after beating Ivo Minar in straight sets in Stuttgart.
The 23-year-old Briton broke his Czech opponent four times on his way to a 6-4 7-5 victory and will now face Italian fifth-seed Fabio Fognini in the first round.
In other qualifying matches, Germany's Andreas Beck beat countryman Dennis Bloemke 6-3 6-1 while another German, Nils Langer, beat Kazakh Evgeny Korolev 6-4 6-3.
Spaniard Daniel Munoz-De La Nava is also into the main draw after beating Poland's Grzegorz Panfil 7-6 (6/2) 6-1.
German wildcard Michael Berrer was another winner as he advanced to the second round with a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
Eighth seed Martin Klizan advanced to the second round with a 6-2 6-3 win over Albert Montanes while Tobias Kamke could not continue the theme of German success as he was beaten 6-3 7-6 (7/4) by Roberto Bautista Agut.