April 23, 2012

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - 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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