Moya Grinds to 3-Set Win in Dirt Opener at Bucharest
Posted on September 13, 2006
Former World No. 1 Carlos Moya toughed out his 499th career victory at the BCR Open Romania Tuesday, breaking Luis Horna for the first time at 5-5 in the third set for a 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-5 victory in 2 hrs. 59 mins.
Moya, who has more career match wins than any other active player on the ATP circuit, did not drop serve during the match. The Spaniard was not forced to save any match points but did trail 0-3 in the second-set tie-break. He broke Horna for the first time on his eighth break point opportunity in the 11th game of the third set.
Moya is making his first appearance in Bucharest since he reached the final 10 years ago in 1996. He next faces Romanian Andrei Pavel, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Serb Boris Pashanski.
Top seed Dmitry Tursunov saved three match points en route to a 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win over German Alexander Waske, earning just his fourth clay court match win of the season. The Russian, who is at a career-high No. 22 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, is playing in Bucharest for the first time and next meets Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez.
Waske was left to rue his missed chances. He led a set and 5-2 and at 5-3 in the second set had 40/0 on his serve to close out the match. Tursunov served for the match at 5-3 in the third set but was broken, but broke back in the next game to secure the win.
Second seed and defending champion Florent Serra breezed into the second round with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentine qualifier Juan-Martin Aranguren, who was making his ATP-level debut. Serra, who won his second career title in Adelaide in the first week of the season, improved to 19-21 on the year. His previous best record on a season was 10-10 in 2005.
Fifth-seeded Italian Filippo Volandri rallied from a set down to defeat countryman and qualifier Simone Vagnozzi 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Volandri, who did not win a match in two appearances during the US hard court swing, picked up his 25th match win of the year, but first since his semifinal showing in Sopot in early August.
-- Courtesy ATPtennis.com