Bedene shocks top seed Simon in North Carolina

PUBLISHED: 09:13 26 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:13 26 August 2015

Aljaz Bedene in action

Aljaz Bedene in action

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Few in the US Open draw will be looking forward to playing British number two Aljaz Bedene after he shocked world number 11 and tournament top seed Gilles Simon at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina.

In a first-time meeting with the Frenchman, Bedene, who lives in Welwyn Garden City, lost the first set on a tie-break 7-6.

However, he dug deep to steal the next sets, also on tie-breaks, to progress to the round of 16.

Following the upset, Bedene said: ““I haven’t beaten someone in the top 10 yet, so this is my best win,”

“It was tough. Gilles is known as one of the toughest guys on the tour. Coming back after losing the first set, and having served for it, is never easy.”

The world number 58 takes on French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the third round later today (Wednesday).


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