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Aljaz Bedene defeats Marcel Granollers in China Open first round


Ten-10British number three Aljaz Bedene saw off Marcel Granollers in straight sets in the first round of the China Open.


The world number 50 defeated the 31-year-old 6-4 6-2 to set up a meeting with another Spaniard, fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut.


Bedene, 28, looked more comfortable on the Beijing hard court against a player who prefers clay and a single break of serve was enough to take the first set.


A double break in the second against the world number 127 sealed victory.


Agut, 29, set up the meeting with Bedene with a 6-1 6-3 victory over China's Ze Zhang.


Britain's Kyle Edmund, 22, plays 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany in the first round on Tuesday, when Rafael Nadal enters the tournament against Lucas Pouille of France.

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