By Niall Clarke
- Aljaz Bedene loses in the second round of the Valencia open to Vasek Pospisil
- The British number two lost 6-3, 6-4 to the Canadian
- Bedene beat Jeremy Chardy in round one
Valencia, Spain- Aljaz Bedene is out of the Valencia Open after a straight sets defeat to Vasek Pospisil.
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The British number two came in off the back of an upset victory against eighth seed Jeremy Chardy in three sets on Tuesday, but failed to back that up against Pospisil who came through 6-3, 6-4.
The 26 year old came from a set down against Chardy to win 3-6 6-2 6-1, but Pospisil wouldn’t be so giving. The Canadian made a fast start, breaking in the second game of the match and remaining solid on serve throughout the set to close it out 6-3.
Bedene mustered a break point at the start of the second, though clutch play denied the Brit. Instead Pospisil will be the one to earn the breakthrough, taking his second opportunity in the following game.
Bedene couldn’t make any in roads on the Canadian’s serve as the match started to slip away. Keen to not be under the pressure of serving out the match, Pospisil made a charge at 5-3 to break for the match, but Bedene held on by saving three match points.
When Pospisil raced to a 40-0 lead at 5-4, it looked over. However, Bedene kept fighting and a further three match points were saved. Unfortunately for him, Pospisil would seal victory on the lucky seventh attempt.
The Canadian will now face either German qualifier Daniel Brands or lucky loser Albert Montanes in the quarter finals. Top seed David Ferrer was initially set to face Brands, but withdrew from the event. His replacement had been beaten by the German in qualifying late last week. Brands also upset Nick Kyrgios in three sets in the opening round.
The Valencia open will continue tomorrow.
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