Starace posts rare win, beating seventh seed Granollers in Romania

9/8/2008 - Tennis

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Potito Starace of Italy beat seventh-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 6-4 Monday in the first round of the BCR Open Romania.

Starace converted four of his 14 break points against the 51st-ranked Granollers.

The Italian, who won only his second match since mid-July, will next face Florent Serra of France on outdoor clay.

Serra came back to defeat Nicolas Devilder of France 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).