Starace, Kubot, Bachinger win at Romanian event

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 23, 2012
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 to beat Filippo Volandri of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Gilles Simon of France, the 2007 and 2008 winner, is the top-seeded player in the tournament. Defending champion Florian Mayer of Germany is seeded No. 2.
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