Bedene wins Italian Open qualifier

Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene played three Davis Cup ties for Slovenia before becoming a British citizen in March 2015

Britain’s Aljaz Bedene is one match away from the main draw of the Italian Open after a 4-6 6-3 6-1 win over Omar Giacalone in qualifying.

The British number two, 26, will face either Kenny de Schepper or Dusan Lajovic for a place in the tournament.

Britain’s Heather Watson, Naomi Brody and Laura Watson will compete in qualifying for the ladies’ tournament later on Saturday.

Andy Murray, seeded second, is likely to be in action in Rome on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Scot has been granted a bye in the first round and will meet either Borna Coric or a qualifier in the second round.

The Italian Open is the final major ATP World Tour tournament on clay before the French Open, which begins in Paris on 22 May.

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