Story of the match
Bedene announced in an interview with Sportklub that this would be his swansong appearance in Paris, with plans to retire after Slovenia’s Davis Cup tie against Estonia to become a football manager at the end of the season.
If this was to be his final match at Roland-Garros, he was determined to go down swinging.
Under pressure from the get-go, Bedene needed to pluck an outstanding backhand stop-volley winner off his shoelaces to hold his opening service game and produced another flawless backhand drop volley to fend off break point two games later.
It was a sign of just how well he would need to play to stay the course with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Before a swag of celebrities, including former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and actors Woody Harrelson and Owen Willson, it did not take long for the Serbian to shift it up a gear.