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Wimbledon: British hope Bedene buzzing after a flying ant raid

By Andy Sims

Aljaz Bedene had to beat the bugs at Wimbledon to ensure he flew into round three.

The British number four's match with Damir Dzumhur on Court Three bore the brunt of the 'flying ant day' invasion which hit the All England Club yesterday.

The insects descended just after Bedene had wrapped up the first set, and Dzumhur levelled the match as the ants swarmed around the court.

But Bedene regained his composure to swat his Bosnian opponent aside 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3.

After reaching the third round for the first time, Bedene said: "They did bother us. I've never experienced it before. It was awkward.

"It was annoying. When you are playing a point, you only see the ball. But after the point, yeah, they were just flying around.

"You have to focus on your game. If you get a few flies on your back or head, if that bothers you, the games go away."

Slovenian-born Bedene, who survived 44 aces from Ivo Karlovic in a four-and-a-half-hour marathon on Monday, faces 16th seed Gilles Muller tomorrow as he bids to extend his stay into the second week.

Stan Wawrinka's conqueror Daniil Medvedev has apologised for throwing money at an umpire's chair at the end of his second-round defeat to Ruben Bemelmans.

Medvedev ended the match in disgrace as, after taking exception to some of the decisions by umpire Mariana Alves, he took coins out of his wallet and threw them at the foot of the umpire's chair.

The 21-year-old insisted he was not insinuating Alves had been bribed and accepts his actions were wrong.

"I haven't thought about (the connotation). And that's not why I did it," he said.

"I mean, it would be really stupid. As I said, it was stupid, but it was not like this. I apologise."

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