Local Favorite Hanescu to Meet Simon in Final

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.