Aljaz Bedene was forced to work hard in the opening round of Moscow in order to earn a 5-7 6-4 7-6 triumph over Laslo Djere in just under three hours. Both players scored two breaks of serve and it was the Slovenian who took charge in the deciding tie break to create the crucial gap, winning six points more than his rival for his 21st win of the season. The opening two sets lasted for more than 50 minutes and they saved the best for the decider where they needed more than 70 minutes to determine the winner.
Djere fends off two break points in the seventh game of the opener and he converted the third set point on the return at 6-5 to secure the first set and move closer to the finish line. Bedene responded with a break in the fifth game of set number two before Laslo pulled the break back in the eighth game to level the score at 4-4, gaining the momentum before the closing stages of the set where he stood as the favorite now.
Nonetheless, Aljaz broke him again at 15 in game nine and he managed to clinch the set on the third set point in the next game but only after saving three break chances that could have kept Djere in contention for straight sets win.
In the final set, the Serb survived three break points in the seventh game and he wasted the opportunity to go 5-3 up in the following game, missing a break point that proved to be crucial. Bedene grabbed four straight points on the return in the tie break to take it 7-2 and book the place in the last 16 where he will face Ricardas Berankis or Denis Istomin. First round matches: