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PUBLISHED: 15:38 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 07 September 2010

Alex Bogdanovic produced one of his best performances on grass to reach the main draw of the Slazenger Open in Nottingham over the weekend, writes Patrick Mooney. The Globe player, who disappointingly lost in the opening round of the Artois tournament at

Alex Bogdanovic produced one of his best performances on grass to reach the main draw of the Slazenger Open in Nottingham over the weekend, writes Patrick Mooney.

The Globe player, who disappointingly lost in the opening round of the Artois tournament at Queen's last week, defeated Columbia's Alejandro Falla in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

Bogdanovic raced through the second set to seal a comfortable win over Falla, who is ranked 142 places above the Brit. The first set was a close affair, with both players holding their serve until 4-5 when Bogdanovic broke to take the first set.

The win, taking one hour 24 minutes, completed a successful two days of qualifying for Bogdanovic, who also saw off the third seed, world No.78 Igor Kunitsyn, also in straight sets.

"I'm was pleased with how I played today," said Bogdanovic. "My opponent served really well in the first set but I just hung in there and took my chances.

"I've had three matches here so far. It's great that I've made the main draw."

It was the second match the British No.2 played, having beaten Brazilian Bruno Soares earlier in the afternoon.

Bogdanovic got off to a dream start, taking the first set against Soares 6-0 before the Brazilian fought back in the second set to level the match. Some consistent serving and the trademark single-handed backhand help Bogdanovic to a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

Bogdanovic then faced third seed Kunitsyn in round two. The left-hander took just 70 minutes to dispose of the 26- year-old Russian to set up a match against Falla, ranked 101 in the world.

The British No.2 made sure all his good work did not go to waste when he defeated fellow Briton James Ward 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round at Nottingham on Tuesday.

However, on Wednesday, Bogdanovic bowed out to Croatia's Martin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 in a rain-delayed match.

"I've beaten some good players this year and now I just need to start playing at this level on a regular basis," he said.


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