Bedene wins thriller, Yuki loses.

Bedene wins three set thriller against Klizan; Bhambri loses to Paire. Rohan/Jeevan, Divij Purav win

Sherine Paul

Chennai: Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene saw off Martin Klizan in a gruelling match that lasted three hours, he won 7-6(3) 6-7(2) 7-6(3).

Bedene has always enjoyed success in Chennai and the 101 ranked player showed grit to defeat his higher ranked opponent. After trailing 2-5 in the first set, Bedene stormed back to win three games on the trot and to eventually force a tie-breaker which he won 7-6(3). Klizan fought back to seal the second set 7-6(2). Bedene raced off with an early lead in the third but Klizan broke back to send the third set as well to a decider. A slew of errors from Klizan and some aggressive tennis from Bedene saw him seal the win, to book a date with Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals.

Benoit Paire took on Indian hope Yuki Bhambri on center court and seemed in control all through the match. With his serve on point and backhand clicking he dispatched Yuki in straight sets winning 6-3 6-4. In the first match on center court, second seed Bautista Agut had a solid start dispatching of Dutra Silva in straight sets. Veteran Mikhail Youzhny also beat Argentine Olivio in straight sets and will face a tough challenge as he faces Bautista Agut in the quarters.

India had plenty to cheer about in doubles though as Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchizhiyan booked a spot in the semifinals and the duo of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja won their match as well.

Singles Round 2:
Bautista Agut beat Dutra Silva 6-3 6-2, Mikhail Youzhny beat Olivio R 6-1 7-5, Benoit Paire beat Yuki Bhambri 6-3 6-4, Aljaz Bedene beat Martin Klizan 7-6(3) 6-7(2) 7-6(3)
Doubles Quarter Final: Rohan Bopanna/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat J Cerretani/P Oswald 6-2 3-6 12-10, Divij Sharan/Purav Raja beat Melzer. J/Olivo. R 6-4 7-5, Nicholas Monroe/ A Sitak retired Benoit Paire/Steve Darcis retired 5-0