The gritty Indian youngster gave a terrific fight to a top-50 player and saved four match points before losing 7-6(5), 4-6, 3-6, battling hard for two hours and 13 minutes against Britain’s number two player.
     
"Ramkumar has made good progress. It was not easy. He was playing well and I was fighting. I was focusing on my game. It could have gone either way," Bedene said after the match.
     
"I was practising with him here last year and he has made progress, specially his forehand. His serve has been superb. I was surprised," he added.
     
Earlier in the evening, seeking a hat-trick of title triumph, Stanislas Wawrinka cruised into the semifinals with a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 victory over Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain here yesterday.

 

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