Bedene beats Chardy in 3 sets in 1st round of Valencia Open

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Aljaz Bedene of Britain won 12 of the last 15 games Tuesday to beat eighth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Valencia Open.

The Slovenia-born Briton, who had 14 aces, will next face Vasek Pospisil of Canada. Bedene won their only previous meeting at the 2014 Sony Ericsson Open.

''He serves big so I need to be ready for his big serves,'' Bedene said. ''Not just to put in a return but to make something of it. He's a great volleyer as well and has a great forehand, so I need to be active all the time and not lose serve as I did so easily in the first set today.''

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