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Wimbledon Day 5 | Bedene beaten by Muller

Wimbledon Day 5 | Bedene beaten by Muller

Aljaz Bedene joked he tried to “drop something” in Gilles Muller’s food when they dined together on the eve of their third-round Wimbledon showdown. But the Brit was left hungry for more greater success at The Championships as he was “sushi-ed” out by the in-form veteran, with the 16th seed from Luxembourg coming through 7-6 7-5 6-4.

Unfortunately it didn't work out. I wasn't playing my best tennis Aljaz Bedene

Bedene, 27, said: “I went to the great sushi place they’ve got in Wimbledon Village, called Sticks and Sushi, almost every night. So many tennis players eat there.  I was with Gilles just last night. He was at the table next to us.

“Should have dropped something in his food? I was trying to!”

Bedene did not seem to have his energy sufficiently bolstered by the popular establishment.

Perhaps it was too much to ask after battling through the sunshine and flying ants to step on Court 2 with the left-hander once coached by Jamie Delgado, coaching Andy Murray with Ivan Lendl at the tournament.

Bedene said: “Every time I give my best till the end. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. I wasn’t playing my best tennis. But he’s playing a little bit different, unique style, lefty, good serve, great slice. Just didn’t find my rhythm. It wasn’t easy.

“Unfortunately I made too many easy mistakes. I need to improve my belief I can play on all surfaces, which I proved now, playing on grass, not just this week but in Holland as well a few weeks ago. But obviously I have to be more consistent.”

“lost twice to Gilles before today. For example, I lost a game, a tough game, to go 3-Love in the second set. My mood changed. Although I was fighting, there was a bit of doubt in it, you know, maybe it’s not the day today to win.”

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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