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Giannessi gets first win of the year

Sept. 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM   |   Comments

BUCHAREST, Romania, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Qualifier Alessandro Giannessi eliminated No. 8-seeded Albert Montanes during first-round play Tuesday at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tournament in Romania.

Giannessi, No. 183 in the world, qualified for his first main draw of the year Monday and came back with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Montanes. Giannessi saved seven of the 10 break-point situations he faced and cashed in five service breaks in 11 receiving games.

No. 7-seeded Andreas Seppi claimed a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 decision over Eric Prodon in the other match Tuesday involving a seeded player. Seppi won half the points off Prodon's serve and finished with six breaks in 12 games.

Carlos Berlocq took two-thirds of the points in a 6-2, 6-1 pasting of Andreas Haider-Maurer. Berlocq lost only four points over his seven service games.

Igor Andreev joined Seppi as the only three-set winners Tuesday, defeating Peter Torebko 5-7, 7-4, 7-5. Torebko fired off 12 aces but lost his serve five times.

In other first-round matches, Florent Serra beat Gianluca Naso 6-2, 6-4; Marius Copil topped Victor Crivoi 6-3, 6-3 in an all-Romanian matchup; Adrian Ungur got past Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1; Filippo Volandri eliminated Rui Machado 6-3, 6-3; and Albert Ramon took a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Victor Hanescu.

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