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The BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy is an ATP World Tour 250 event based in Bucharest, Romania. The tournament is named after the legendary Romanian player Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac – the controversial owner of this tournament who is more known for his Madrid exploits where he experimented with blue clay. The tournament has only had one multiple winner – Gilles Simon who is No.2 seed here.
A late wildcard entrant here, Janko Tipsarevic takes the top seeding and with it the first round bye. Tipsarevic suffered an early exit in Monte Carlo against an inspired Grigor Dimitrov but will fancy his chances of living up to his seeding here. Potential second round opponent Xavier Malisse was also defeated easily by Dimitrov in Monte Carlo while Santiago Giraldo‘s performances have been so-so but he did earn a Challenger tournament victory in his native Colombia a few weeks back. Two qualifiers draw each other for the chance to play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Horacio Zeballos. Zeballos was fairly impressive in taking a set of Marin Cilic in Monte Carlo before losing while Garcia-Lopez made the final in Rome Challenger, but lost from a set up.
The two Romanians in the draw share the same quarter but the chances of an all-Romanian quarter final look fairly slim. Victor Hanescu plays a qualifier with Mikhail Youzhny awaiting. Youzhny pushed eventual champion Djokovic to a close third set before losing while Hanescu lost in three to a slightly lesser name in Marcel Granollers. Wildcard Adrian Ungur has two winnable matches but his record on the main tour leaves a lot to be desired. Numerous clay challenger titles have failed to convert into any real success at main tour level with Ungur going 1-8 in 2012 on clay. He plays David Goffin, who will be happy not to see Nicolas Almagro in this tournament given his last two losses have both been against the Spaniard. Florian Mayer will be up against a qualifier – the German finally found some form and made the third round of Monte Carlo but Benjamin Balleret and Roberto Bautista-Agut aren’t the most testing of duos.
Marinko Matosevic was a surprise victor over Fernando Verdasco before being swept aside by Nadal in Monte Carlo and begins with Viktor Troicki in round one. Troicki took just three games in defeat to Jarkko Nieminen but given the Finn’s exploits later in the week the result doesn’t look as bad as it did at first. With Paul Henri Mathieu, who is on a five match losing streak, or Tobias Kamke in round two the winner of the Matosevic/Troicki tie looks good to make a quarter final appearance against most likely third seed Andreas Seppi. Seppi plays either Lukas Rosol or Gilles Muller, both of which are more suited to hard courts. Muller has been far from impressive this season and lost the only tie between these two, although it was on the hard courts of Miami.
Hoping for his fourth title here, Gilles Simon is the second seed and plays either Evgeny Donskoy or Jarkko Nieminen. Nieminen was excellent on his way to the quarter finals of Monte Carlo, taking out Raonic and Del Potro in three sets after the Argentinian had served for the match. Also off a good week in Monte Carlo in this quarter is Fabio Fognini, who made the semi final after defeating Richard Gasquet. ,With the winner taking on Tatsuma Ito or Daniel Brands, Fognini plays Gael Monfils, who suffered yet another disappointing defeat in Monte Carlo, this time to Albert Montanes. The last time these two met was in the 2010 French Open where Fognini made an epic comeback from two sets down to take the fifth 9-7.