Malisse defeats defending champ Mayer in Bucharest

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Defending champion Florian Mayer of Germany was ousted by Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy.

Malisse advanced to his first quarterfinals of the season.

Two other unseeded players, both of them qualifiers, also reached the quarterfinals in Bucharest. Attila Balazs defeated Potito Starace 6-3, 6-4, and Daniel Brands downed Jurgen Zopp 7-6 (3), 6-3.