Chardy beats Hanescu to clinch maiden title in Stuttgart

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STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Frenchman Jeremy Chardy battled back from a set down to beat Romanian Victor Hanescu 1-6 6-3 6-4 in Stuttgart on Sunday and clinch his maiden tour title in style.

Ranked 43rd, the 22-year-old recovered from an error-ridden first set to whip Hanescu, still looking for his second title after winning in Gstaad last year, into submission with his thundering forehand and some clever volleying.

Hanescu, ranked 33rd, grabbed an early break in the second game and his high first serve percentage gave the Frenchmen no chance to break back. A second break allowed the Romanian to serve out the first set.

Chardy, with a forehand that surely must rank among the fiercest on the tour, battled back, pinning Hanescu to the baseline and breaking the 27-year-old for the first time in the sixth game to clinch the second set.

Two breaks allowed the rising French prospect to go 4-0 before surviving a comeback attempt by Hanescu who reduced to 5-4 before he sealed his first title victory with a volley after an hour and 43 minutes.

Writing by Karolos Grohmann in Berlin, Editing by Nigel Hunt