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Aljaz Bedene loses in US Open first round with straight-sets defeat by Andrey Rublev to leave just two Brits in draw

 

The Brit was knocked out by Russian teenager Andrey Rublev at Flushing Meadows while Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov slams claims of fixing

Bedene’s match against Andrey Rublev was held over after rain washed out almost all play on outside courts on Tuesday.

Aljaz Bedene crashed out of the US Open in the first round

Aljaz Bedene crashed out of the US Open in the first round

The British number three failed to break a serve of Andrey Rublev

The British number three failed to break a serve of Andrey Rublev

But the young Russian wasted no time in beating the British No 3, crushing him 6-1 6-4 6-4 in just one hour and 42 minutes.

Rublev, 19, is one of tennis’ rising stars and he will return to the world’s top 50 as a result of this victory.

But the ease of his triumph over Bedene was still a surprise.

The Slovenia-born Brit created just one break point chance in the match, which he could not take, and his second serve took some punishment.

Rublev’s victory means Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie, are Britain’s only remaining representatives in the men’s or women’s singles.

Both are due on court later on Wednesday.

Kyle Edmund defeated Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round

Kyle Edmund defeated Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round

Cameron Norrie progressed to the next round after Dmitry Tursunov retired

Cameron Norrie progressed to the next round after Dmitry Tursunov retired

In other tennis news, Alexandr Dolgopolov has slammed claims of fixing around one of his recent matches as “bulls**t” and “fairytales”.

The Tennis Integrity Unit have taken the unusual step of confirming they are looking into Dolgopolov’s clash with Brazilian player Thiago Monteiro in Winston-Salem earlier this month because of suspicious betting patterns.

Alexandr Dolgopolov said fixing claims are “bulls**t” and “fairytales”

Alexandr Dolgopolov said fixing claims are “bulls**t” and “fairytales”

Bookies suspended the market when a large number of bets were put on Monteiro but former top 20 star Dolgopolov said: “ I don’t give a f**k to be honest because it’s like a circus.

“I talked to the TIU, I respect their work, I gave all the information needed. At the end of the day, what’s going to happen is I’m not involved in anything.

“Maybe these guys bet against me or on me and lost their bet, what is happening every match. I go on social media and every time I have to delete 10 messages because people are doing threats, stuff to the family.”

The Ukrainian came under scrutiny because of strange betting patterns

The Ukrainian came under scrutiny because of strange betting patterns

Dolgopolov, who beat Jan-Lennard Struff to earn a second round match against Tomas Berdych, confirmed he had spoken to the TIU in the past in similar circumstances.

But when asked if he had ever been approached about fixing, that he hesitated and said: “Er, no, not really….not that I remember of.”

And when pressed the Ukrainian became agitated, saying: “I come here after a five-set match and all you ask is about betting patterns.

“Can you ask something normal? I don’t want to answer stupid questions.”

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/tennis/4358090/aljaz-bedene-us-open-kyle-edmund-cameron-norrie/

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