Posted April 23, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Jeremy Chardy of France serves to Gael Monfils of France during day three of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2009 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Potito Starace of Italy defeated ninth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 6-0 in the opening round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Monday. Seventh-seeded Lukasz Kubot of Poland saved nine of 10 break points in a 6-2, 6-3 win against Gabriel Moraru of Romania, and Matthias Bachinger of Germany served nine aces in rallying past Filippo Volandri of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Gilles Simon of France, the 2007 and 2008 winner, is seeded first and defending champion Florian Mayer of Germany is seeded second.
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