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Ferrer out after injury

David Ferrer, James Ward's scheduled first-round Wimbledon opponent and a possible opponent for Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, pulled out yesterday with an elbow injury.

It ends the Spaniard's run of 50 consecutive appearances in Grand Slam tournaments, which is bettered by only four other players.

The No 8 seed's withdrawal leaves Rafael Nadal (10th) as the next highest ranked player in Murray's quarter of the draw.

Ferrer's replacement is Luca Vanni.

The 30-year-old Italian, who is three places below Ward at No 113 in the world rankings, lost to the Londoner in their only previous meeting, at a Futures clay-court tournament in Italy seven years ago.

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