By Glenys Furness
- Aljaz Bedene progressed to the quarter finals of ATP Rome 2 Challenger
- Seeded third Bedene fell to the eventual champion 4-6, 4-6
ROME, ITALY – Aljaz Bedene was the best performing Brit on tour this week, reaching the quarter final of the clay court challenger.
Bedene was the third seed in the challenger event in Rome. With the title of Rome 2 to differentiate it on the Challenger tour from the Rome Open which takes place in May (and was won this year by Kyle Edmund), this challenger is also on the clay courts, and is currently sponsored by BFD Energy.
The first round saw the Brit have very little trouble dispatching Marco Cecchinato. Bedene dominated the match and lost only two games to book a place in the second round. 6-1, 6-1. the next round, the third seed was up against another Italian in the form of Federico Gaio. Bedene was not to have it all his own way in this match.
Winning the first set with ease, serving up a bagel the third seed looked to be coasting. Gaio though was not going away without a fight, breaking the serve of the Brit for the first time in the match. Once the match was level at one set each, Bedene reached for the gas pedal once more. The Brit once again showed he was determined not to be beaten, running away with the set for the loss of two games. 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
The quarter-final match had the Brit playing against an unseeded player. Jan Satral had already defeated the seventh seed on the way to meeting Bedene.
The Czech was in fine form, and it was here that Bedene’s run ended. Satral engineered a break of serve in both sets to seal the victory 4-6, 4-6 . Bedene can take some joy from the loss in that Satral went on to take the title defeating the top seed Robin Haase in the final.
Doubles, Challenger & ITF results round up
Emily Webley-Smith & Jacqueline Cako lost in the first round in Tashkent
Noami Broady & Cagla Buyukakcay lost in the first round in Tashkent
Ken & Neal Skupski were seeded second and lost in the first round of Orleans
Colin Fleming & Scott Lipsky lost in the first round of Shenzhen
Dom Inglot & Nenad Zimonic seeded third lost in the first round of Chengdu
Joe Salisbury & David O’Hare the top seeds, lost in qualifying in Tiburon
Lloyd Glasspool came through qualifying only to lose in the first round in Tiburon
Brydan Klein also came through qualifying but retired at 4-6, 2-1 in Tiburon
Dan Evans lost in first round of qualifying in Tokyo
Laura Robson lost in the second round ITF Las Vegas 50K
Next week Brits play in Tokyo, Beijing, Mons, Stockton
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