Aljaz Bedene suffers second defeat in as many weeks to Karen Khachanov
Kyle Edmund is through to the second round of the Estoril Open whilst Aljaz Bedene lost out again to Karen Khachanov in Istanbul.
Edmund came through 6-3, 7-5 against Daniel Gimeno Traver to set up a second round clash with third seed Benoit Paire who received an opening round BYE.
The Brit started out in tremendous form, breaking his opponent twice to take the opening five games. The Yorkshireman failed to serve out the set at the first time of asking, but made not mistake in his second attempt.
Gimeno Traver earned an early break at the start of the second set but failed to serve it out with Edmund able to overturn the deficit.
The British number three now faces France’s Paire in the third round. The third seed is coming in off the back of a decent run in Barcelona where he made the semi finals before losing to Kei Nishikori. Paire has a world class backhand and can beat almost anyone when on form, but he struggles with consistency and can often lack motivation which leads to his antics. Edmund’s best chance will be to attack the forehand, which has proven to be the weakest shot for Paire.
There as no such luck for Bedene as he was once against outdone by Khachanov for the second straight week. The Russian wildcard had defeated the Brit in Barcelona and followed that up by taking the opening set 6-4.
Bedene recovered to take a second set tiebreak but the 19 year old Khachanov took control in the third set to seal a 6-4, (4)6-7, 6-4. The Russian will move on to face eighth seed Albert Ramos in the next round.
Edmund is scheduled to face Paire last on centre court at approximately 19:30 BST
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