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Nottingham run boosts Bogdanovic

PUBLISHED: 14:04 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

By Ziad Chaudry ALEX Bogdanovic s run at the Slazenger Open in Nottingham is going according to plan as he warms up for Wimbledon next week. After his early exit from the Artois Championships, the Kilburn ace was determined to get through as many matches

By Ziad Chaudry

ALEX Bogdanovic's run at the Slazenger Open in Nottingham is going according to plan as he warms up for Wimbledon next week.

After his early exit from the Artois Championships, the Kilburn ace was determined to get through as many matches as possible before he heads to SW19.

And victories over three higher-ranked players - Igor Kunitysn, Bruno Soares and Alejandro Falla - in the qualifying stages earned the British number four a plum first round tie with fellow Londoner and good friend James Ward on Tuesday.

Bogdanovic kept his winning streak going with a straightforward 6-3, 6-4 success against Ward and now meets Croatia's teenage sensation Marin Cilic for a place in the last eight.

"James has been playing really well and when you play a Brit in the first round it's always going to be a nervous match," said Bogdanovic after his victory over Ward.

"We were both nervous to begin with, but I'm happy I got through it. Me and James get on really well and it's always tough to play friends.

"I've beaten some good players this year and now I just need to start playing at this level on a regular basis.

"I want to get as many matches as possible on grass before Wimbledon."

Meanwhile, Rafal Nadal claimed what will be the very last Artois Championships title at Queen's Club last Sunday with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic in a high quality final.

The 22-year-old Spaniard created a rare feat by becoming the first reigning French Open champion to win at Queen's since Ilie Nastase in 1973.

Nadal came back from 0-3 to clinch the first set in a tie break, 8-6, and broke Djokovic in the 10th game of the second set as the world number three was serving to take the match into a decider.


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