Four British men safely navigated their way into round two of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, but Andy Murray was the only member of that quartet expected to progress any further.
However, Murray will be joined in the third round by James Ward, after the 28-year-old Londoner defeated the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely in four sets on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Murray dismantled Robin Haase 6-1 6-1 6-4.
Ward had never before made it through the the third round of a Major. His victory over Vesely also sees him move into the world’s top 100 for the first time ever.
It took Ward two hours and 36 minutes to beat Vesely 6-2 7-6 3-6 6-3.
Ward hit 15 aces – nine more than his opponent.
Both players made 31 unforced errors, but Ward shaded the winners count, with 44 to 41.
In total, Ward won 128 points, while Vesely won 118.
Watch the moment Ward’s famous victory was secured below.
After his victory, Ward trended on Twitter for well over an hour, as fans in the UK got very excited about the state of men’s tennis.