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July 2, 2018

Aljaz Bedene

Wimbledon, London, England

A. BEDENE/C. Norrie

4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. That was a close match. You must be delighted to come through it?
ALJAZ BEDENE: Yeah. I mean, to be fair, it didn't start well. Conditions were a little bit tricky. Trickier than previous days. It was windy. Sun was, I mean, terrible from the side, and didn't feel comfortable at all, really. Wasn't hitting the ball well. But I did fight, so that's important.

You know, I lost so many matches now in a row, which was -- it's not usual for me. Usually I win one at least. Obviously I was playing Federer and lost again. Two first-round matches and first round in Roland Garros.

So I really wanted to win this one, and it was a good fight from my side. That was important today.

Q. You served well.
ALJAZ BEDENE: I did serve well, yeah.

Q. You've got to feel good about that.
ALJAZ BEDENE: Yeah, me and my coach talked about that because my serve is good, a weapon, and especially on grass. If you're not serving well, then it's a problem.

Yeah, I was serving well. I gave my best, especially on my service games. It worked out well. Got a lot of free points and some aces, too. I checked the percentage winning on the first and second serve were great and high, so, I mean, it helps.

Q. Is it weird for this not to be a home tournament for you?
ALJAZ BEDENE: Yeah, well, we spoke about that yesterday. But to be fair, it did feel still like a bit like a home tournament. I do feel great here. You know, obviously they were more supporting Cam, but in the end of the day, some supported me, too. I was pleased with that.

Q. Did you feel like you were playing the line judges a bit, as well. A few dubious calls.
ALJAZ BEDENE: Yeah, dubious calls. Yeah, I mean, it wasn't easy. I was serving -- he had break point. It was important point. And then the ball was long. That was third or fourth one already. I stayed calm.

I actually thought of Harry Kane when he gets bad calls and he's still focused, because I'm bringing his shirt tomorrow in. I'm a big fan of his. He's the type of a player who just sticks to what he knows best. Doesn't go against the referees. He accepts the mistakes. You know, because I was watching the game, I mean, watched all of the games, but especially the one against Tunisia. He was pulled down and he stayed calm. I would freak out, because it was an important moment.

Yeah, I kept calm, which was good, although it wasn't easy, because, you know, it didn't go -- everything, I mean, not everything, but most of the things went against me. Was serving for the set and that bad call. Yeah, but then I felt focused and played quite well the tiebreaks.

Q. (Indiscernible.)
ALJAZ BEDENE: I like Tottenham, yeah. More and more really. I like Harry Kane a lot.

Q. What is it about Harry Kane?
ALJAZ BEDENE: He's just so skilled, strong. I think he's going to be one of the best soon.

Q. Are you going to wear his shirt tomorrow?

Q. For training?

Q. England shirt or Tottenham shirt?

Q. Get one of the white ones.
ALJAZ BEDENE: Exactly. That's why.

Q. What did you expect of Cameron today? He's only been professional for little over a year.
ALJAZ BEDENE: I mean, he was playing well in Eastbourne. I think he reached quarterfinals. A few wins on grass. What was I expecting? I knew I'm a better player at the moment, especially on grass. I have to perform well to win, because he's a great fighter.

Yeah, and, you know, I was not expecting that tough match, to be fair, because I was playing really well on the training sets with everyone. And I was really, really satisfied with my performance then. Obviously matches are totally different story and I haven't won many lately. So I was a little bit nervous.

But, yeah, he's a great fighter. I like that. Yeah.

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