BEDENE ON FIRE

Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene finished the Gazprom Hungarian Open as runner-up in the week before TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open.

Appearing in Budapest winning two consecutive ATP Challenger tournaments in Sophia Antipolis and Barletta, Bedene earned his main draw spot through qualifying before reaching the final. Bedene lost to top seed Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match.

The 27-year-old whose 16-match winning streak came to an end, lost his second career final. His maiden final was in Chennai earlier this year.

ATP’s new world number 58 Bedene will play his first round match in Istanbul against Hungarian wildcard holder Marton Fucsovics.