Starace posts rare win, beating seventh seed Granollers in Romania

Updated: September 8, 2008, 2:17 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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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).

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