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Ward given Indian Wells entry

Patience paid off for James Ward as he was given a lucky loser spot in the BNP Paribas Open after Juan Martin del Potro withdrew.

The sixth seed, who reached the final last year, has been struggling with a left wrist problem and pulled out ahead of his scheduled second-round match against Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Sunday.

Ward lost in the final round of qualifying on Wednesday to Paul-Henri Mathieu but stayed at Indian Wells to practise and in the hope of a space in the main draw becoming available.

The 27-year-old, who is ranked 160th in the world, will now take on Lopez on Stadium 2 in the third match on Sunday afternoon.

Del Potro played doubles with Marin Cilic on Saturday but explained at a press conference that he is worried about doing further damage.

The Argentinian missed the best part of a year in 2010 after having surgery on his right wrist and is trying to avoid having to go under the knife this time.

Del Potro said: "My wrist is not in good condition to compete. We are trying to be smart. Sometimes it is better to lose a tournament than to lose a year."