Romanian wild card Victor Hanescu advanced to his first career ATP final on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over French qualifier Gael Monfils in the BCR Open Romania. The 26-year-old Bucharest native improved his career record to 12-4 in his hometown tournament and he is the first Romanian to reach the final since the event began in 1993.
He will play No. 6 seed Gilles Simon of France for the first time. Simon rallied to defeat unseeded Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.Read Full Story
It's been a wild week in Romania as the tournament field has been turned upside down. Defending champion Jurgen Melzer, who was seeded fourth, was upset in the first round by Andreas Seppi. Of the tournament's eight seeded players, only one -- #6 Giles Simon -- has stayed alive to the final four. Gael Monfils became the first qualifier to reach the semis of the tournament since 2000. He started the event with a win over #2 seed Filippo Volandri.Read Full Story
Jurgen Melzer won his first ATP Tour title at the 2006 BCR Open in Bucharest. He defeated Filippo Volandri in the final.
Before claiming his first career title, Melzer had been a runner-up three times -- Houston (2006), St. Poelten (2005) and Newport (2003).Read Full Story
The men's tennis tour makes a stop in Romania in September for the BCR Open. The event is held on a clay surface.