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Qualifier Giannessi Beats Montanes; Local Hope Hanescu Falls

Bucharest, Romania

Giannessi© Raed KrishanAlessandro Giannessi had a dream ATP World Tour debut on Tuesday.

Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi made a dream ATP World Tour debut on Wednesday at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy when he beat eighth-seeded Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes for a place in the second round.

The World No. 183 showed no sign of nerves against Montanes, who is competing in Bucharest for the 11th straight year. Giannessi converted five of his nine break point opportunities and will next challenge Portugal's Frederico Gil.

Spain's Albert Ramos proved to be too strong for Romanian Victor Hanescu, the 2005 runner-up, winning 72 per cent of his service points to record a 6-4, 6-3 win in 79 minutes. Hanescu dropped to a 16-25 record on the season, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur.

Argentinean Carlos Berlocq won his third straight match against Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria this year. The World No. 71 won 6-2, 6-1 in 79 minutes. Meanwhile, Igor Andreev needed to draw on his greater experience to beat World No. 313 Peter Torebko, a German qualifier, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 34 minutes.

France's Florent Serra converted all three of his break point opportunities to knock out fellow qualifier Gianluca Naso of Italy 6-2, 6-4 in 70 minutes. Serra will next meet top seed and defending champion Juan Ignacio Chela

Fourth seed and last year's runner-up Pablo Andujar will meet Marius Copil, who  hit seven aces to defeat fellow Romanian and wild card entry Victor Crivoi 6-3, 6-3.

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