British number two Aljaz Bedene set up a third-round tie against world number one Novak Djokovic at the French Open with an impressive victory (7-6 (7-4) 6-3 4-6 5-7 6-2) against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. The 26-year-old beat the world number 43 to set up a mouth-watering match against the grand slam-winning Serb, who beat Steve Darcis (7-5 6-3 6-4) in the second round.
Bedene – who represented Slovenia, the country of his birth, until 2015 – produced an eye-catching performance on the clay to pull off an upset victory. The ever-improving Brit secured the first set 7-4 in a tie-break in what was a nip-and-tuck opening set on Court 6 at Roland Garros.
The second set continued in a similar vein, until Bedene broke his opponent's serve in the seventh game and ultimately sealed the set 6-3.
It was not all plain-sailing for Bedene, however, as his opponent came roaring back into the match in the third and fourth sets, taking the third 4-6 and breaking the Brit early in the fourth, too. The Spaniard secured the penultimate set 5-7 and appeared well-placed to go on to close the match.
However, the tie took a dramatic turn at the start of the fifth as Busta called for medical assistance for a leg injury. The Spaniard required heavy strapping before he returned to the court at the start of the set, and the injury proved to be a decisive moment in the match.
Busta's decreased mobility made the fifth set easy work for the Brit, who sealed his place in the third round for the first time in emphatic fashion, winning the final set 6-2. Next, Bedene will face Djokovic, last year's French Open finalist, at the weekend.