Chardy battles to maiden title in Stuttgart

STUTTGART, Germany: France''s Jeremy Chardy rallied from a set down against fourth seed Victor Hanescu of Romania to claim his maiden title at the ATP tournament here on Sunday.

The 22-year-old former Wimbledon junior champion won through 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim the 71,700 euro prize and become the first Frenchman to win in Stuttgart since Henri Leconte in 1984.

Hanescu took the first set with breaks in the second and sixth games.

In the second set, Chardy sealed a service break in the sixth game. But the Frenchman ran through the 31-minute set and rushed to a 4-0 lead in the third.

The Romanian fought back with breaks in a seven-minute sixth game, saving two break points in the next game to trail 3-4.

Hanescu was unable to convert two break point opportunities in the eighth game. Chardy sprang into life to clinch a fourth service break for victory in one hour and 49 minutes.