Bedene, who reached the final in 2015 and semifinals last year, broke his opponent three times while never losing his serve. The 101st-ranked British player will next face fourth-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the second round.
Also, Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud, the youngest player in the main draw, lost to Renzo Oilvo of Argentina 7-6 (3), 6-2. Ruud is the son of former professional player Christian Ruud.
Yuki Bhambri, a former top-ranked junior player, advanced by beating Ramanathan Ramkumar 6-1, 6-1.