Wimbledon Day 3 | Bedene hopes his efforts will be recognised
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Aljaz Bedene has made it to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time despite “annoying” flying ants. And he declared it was the British crowd’s support that helped get him there.
I probably wouldn't have done it without them. I was a little bit tired. They helped me when it was tough Aljaz Bedene
The Brit overcame pal Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 while the insects swarmed around Court Three and the rest of the All England Club.
But Bedene, 27, said, “At the beginning (of the match) but midway through and I still noticed quite a few.
“It was a little bit awkward. You have to focus on your game. If you get a few flies on your back or hat, I mean, if that bothers you, the games go away. I don’t think it bothered us too much, but it was annoying.”
Bedene hopes he will now be recognised for his efforts on grass.
He said: “Hopefully after this you guys won’t be calling me a clay court specialist anymore! But third round is good. I’m happy with that result, but I always want to go a step further.
“It’s never easy to play against a friend. We are good friends. We both were nervous from the beginning. To be honest, I started to play better in the third set. And then in the fourth I was in control but before it was just too many errors. But I won in four sets and I’m pleased with that. I hope Leon (Smith, Team GB Davis Cup captain) was impressed.”
Slovenian-born Bedene, who wants to play Davis Cup for Great Britain, again had the home crowd on his side is fighting following its vociferous support of his effort during his surprise victory over Croatian seed Ivo Karlovic in the opening round.
Bedene, who meets 16th seed Gilles Muller said: “Nice to be out there and having home support? Yeah, I played my first match on Court No. 3, and it’s easier if you played before on the same court. It was really good. I probably wouldn’t have done it without them. I was a little bit tired. They helped me when it was tough.”
World No.58 Bedene admitted a member of his camp overstepped the mark and upset Dzumhur.
He said: “It was an important point, first point of the eighth game. I think maybe my coach just went a little bit too far with that, saying ‘Come on” too loud.”