French Open 2016: Bedene shocks Carreno Busta

Aljaz Bedene moved into a career best third round at Roland Garros with a five set win over Pablo Carreno Busta.

French Open 2016: Bedene shocks Carreno Busta
Aljaz Bedene's previous best grand slam performance was 2nd round in Wimbledon and US Open (pic source | AFP)

Aljaz Bedene fended off a comeback from Pablo Carreno-Busta to complete a shock win to move into the third round winning 7-6(4) 6-3 4-6 5-7 6-2.

Going into the match as the underdog, not much was expected in terms of the Britons chances however hopes were raised after he won the first set by way of a tie-break. Hope turned into belief in the second set as Bedene raced ahead to take an unprecedented two set lead.

Carreno-Busta fights back

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Carreno-Busta is ranked 43rd in the world (pic source | Getty)

Despite being two sets down however, Carreno-Busta was not to be dispirited as he looked to mount a comeback. The comeback couldn’t of had a better start for the Spaniard, breaking midway through the third set before consolidating, taking the match to a fourth set. The fourth set continued the momentum as Carreno-Busta broke to take the initiative on his way to levelling the match. Exchanging two more breaks a piece it was down to Carreno-Busta to serve out the set which he did whilst saving two break points.

Bedene resists the Spaniards inquisition

With the momentum well and truly with Carreno-Busta, many expected the Spaniard to see the match out as both players held serve confidently. At 3-2 however with Carreno-Busta serving, Bedene quickly brought up two break points. Only needing one, Bedene broke before holding serve forcing Carreno-Busta to serve to stay in the match. However much like his previous service game, Bedene brought up break points, although the difference being this time it was match points, and three of them at that. Again, only needing one of them the Brit confidently broke to seal his place in the third round for the first time in his career at a grand slam.

As one of only two remaining Brits left in both singles draws along with Andy Murray, Bedene is likely to see his progress stopped as he goes into the third round against world number one Novak Djokovic.