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Simon opens Bucharest tournament with win

Sept. 10, 2008 at 2:53 PM

BUCHAREST, Romania, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Gilles Simon opened defense of his BCR Open Romania championship with a victory Wednesday, but two other highly seeded players were upset.

Simon, who defeated Victor Hanescu in last year's BCR final, faced only three break points -- and saved them all -- in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Albert Montanes in a second-round match. Simon is seeded second at the clay-court tournament.

However, third-seeded Nicolas Almagro and No. 4-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu were both ousted. Almagro was dumped by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in a second-round match and Mathieu was beaten 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, in a first-round match with Ivan Navarro.

Also Wednesday, Carlos Moya advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Pablo Andujar and Florent Serra won 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 over Potito Starace.

Top-seeded Richard Gasquet has a round-of-16 match against Victor Crivoi on Thursday.

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