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Nieminen edges out Mayer

Jarkko Nieminen won a third-set tie-break to beat Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest on Monday.

The Finnish left-hander took more than two hours on the outdoor clay to come through 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/4) and will now play either Lukas Rosol or Filippo Volandri.

Jeremy Chardy was denied the chance to face top seed Grigor Dimitrov after the Frenchman was beaten 7-6 (7/3) 6-0 by Jiri Vesely.

The only other first round match completed saw Sergiy Stakhovsky beat wildcard entry Patrick Ciorcila 2-6 6-2 6-1.