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ATP Malaysian Open; Shenzhen Open 2014

Malaysian Open Men's Singles Final Sunday Sept 28

1-Kei Nishikori beat 4-Julien Benneteau 7-6(4) 6-4

 

Shenzhen Open Men's Singles Final Sunday Sept 28

2-Andy Murray beat 4-Tommy Robredo 5-7 7-6(9) 6-1

Nishikori Takes Malaysian Open Title, Edges Benneteau in KL Final

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atpworldtour.com: September 28, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Top seed Kei Nishikori won his third ATP World Tour title of the season on Sunday as he denied Julien Benneteau with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory in the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur final.

 

Victory at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament earns Nishikori a net 170 points in the Emirates ATP Race To London to extend his lead over seventh-placed David Ferrer. Nishikori surged into contention to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open (l. to Cilic). He is hoping to become the first Asian man to compete at the season finale.

 

The 24-year-old Nishikori has a 44-10 mark on the season, highlighted also by titles in Memphis (d. Karlovic) and Barcelona (d. Giraldo) and a runner-up showing at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Madrid (l. to Nadal).

 

"It was a really tough start, because he was playing so aggressive," said Nishikori. "I was waiting for my opportunity. I had so many break points and I couldn't take them. In the last game, he got a little bit tight and I took my chance. After that I played much better and I think he was getting a little bit tired in the second set. I tried to raise my level. It wasn't my best tennis, but it's good to win like this."

 

While there was joy for Nishikori, though, there was heartache for Benneteau, who had been looking to win his first ATP World Tour title after losing in nine previous finals. The Frenchman was contesting the Kuala Lumpur final for the third year in a row, having finished runner-up in 2012 (l. to Monaco) and 2013 (l. to Sousa).

 

The 32-year-old Benneteau, who had upset second seed Ernests Gulbis in the semi-finals, led Nishikori by a break and served for the first set, but could not maintain his lead, despite saving nine of the 10 break points he faced. Nishikori wrapped up victory in one hour and 47 minutes, having won 72 per cent of his service points.

Murray Nabs Shenzhen Open Title, Saves 5 MPs to Deny Robredo in Thrilling Final

atpworldtour.com: September 28, 2014 Shenzhen, China -  Andy Murray saved five match points as he ended a 15-month title drought with victory at the Shenzhen Open Sunday. In a grueling contest, the Scot fought hard for a 5-7, 7-6(9), 6-1 victory over Tommy Robredo.

 

Victory for Murray is an important step for the Scot in his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. With the addition of 250 points, Murray now moves up to 10th in the Emirates ATP Race To London, just 105 points behind the eighth-placed Tomas Berdych (3,510).

 

"It's been a long time since I won a tournament," said Murray. "The way that the match was won doesn't happen very often. It's rare to win a match like that. I was very close to losing. It was an emotional week for me. I managed to fight my way through it, win the title, and hopefully I can win another one before the end of the year."

 

Murray’s challenge looked to be over as he trailed 2-6 in the second set tie-break against Robredo. But the Spaniard was unable to convert any of his initial four match points and squandered a fifth chance when he led 7-6 as Murray came fighting back to level the match. With Robredo wilting physically in the testing conditions and barely able to run shots down, Murray raced through the decider, claiming victory in two hours and 30 minutes.

 

It is Murray’s first title since his historic triumph at Wimbledon in July 2013 (d. Djokovic). The 27-year-old Scot captured his 29th tour-level crown and improved to a 29-14 finals record. The 32-year-old Robredo was contesting his 21st ATP World Tour final and, like Murray, was bidding for his first title since July 2013, when he won the Umag crown. The Spaniard finished runner-up for the second time this season, having also lost in the Umag final (l. to Cuevas).

Day Six

Murray, Robredo in Shenzhen Final; Nishikori Sets KL Final Clash w. Benneteau

atpworldtour.com: September 27, 2014 Shenzhen, China -  With qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on his mind, Andy Murray dug deep to reach the Shenzhen Open final on Saturday, fighting from a set down to defeat Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

 

From 3-3 in the second set, Murray reeled off nine straight games to beat Monaco in one hour and 42 minutes. In the third set, Murray dropped just four points on serve and converted all three of his break point chances. The Scot needs a strong finish to the season to mount a late charge in the Emirates ATP Race To London, in which he is currently in 11th position, and will look to end a 15-month title drought at the inaugural Shenzhen Open.

 

Against Tommy Robredo in Sunday’s final, Murray will be bidding for his first title since his historic Wimbledon triumph in July 2013. The Dunblane native has a 3-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Robredo and has won their past three meetings. The 32-year-old Robredo will contest his 21st ATP World Tour final after defeating Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-4. The Spaniard, who has a 12-8 finals record, is looking to win his first title since victory in Umag in July 2013 and his first hard-court title since triumphing in Metz seven years ago.

 

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Top seed Kei Nishikori withstood a stern challenge from Jarkko Nieminen on Saturday, beating the Finnish veteran 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the final at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur.

 

Nishikori converted six of his 13 break points and fired eight aces as he broke down Nieminen’s resistance in one hour and 37 minutes. The 24 year old will face Julien Benneteau in Sunday’s final as he looks to win his third ATP World Tour title of the season.

 

Looking ahead to the final against Benneteau, Nishikori said, "Julien is definitely a tough player, especially on indoor courts. He's been playing well this tournament. He can be a really dangerous player. I'll try to stay focused and play a good match."

 

Will it be third time lucky for Benneteau in Kuala Lumpur? The Frenchman, who has a 0-9 record in ATP World Tour finals, will contest the final at the Malaysian Open for third year in a row after upsetting second seed Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.

 

The fourth-seeded Frenchman finished runner-up at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament the past two years, losing to Juan Monaco in 2012 and Joao Sousa in 2013.

Malaysian Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday Sept 27

1-Kei Nishikori beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-3 4-6 6-2          

4-Julien Benneteau beat 2-Ernests Gulbis 6-4 6-4

 

Shenzhen Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday Sept 27

2-Andy Murray beat Juan Monaco 2-6 6-3 6-0

4-Tommy Robredo beat 6-Santiago Giraldo 6-1 6-4

Day Five

Monaco Ousts Gasquet; Murray, Robredo, Giraldo in Shenzhen Semifinals

atpworldtour.com: September 26, 2014 Shenzhen, China - Andy Murray is two wins away from ending his 15-month title drought after reaching the Shenzhen Open semi-finals on Friday. The Scot saved the four break points he faced as he defeated Lukas Lacko 6-3, 7-5 in 80 minutes.

 

The 27-year-old Murray is searching for his first title since ending Great Britain’s 77-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion in July 2013. Returning from back surgery at the start of 2014, the Dunblane native has compiled a 40-15 match record, highlighted by semi-final showings at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and Acapulco (l. to Dimitrov).

 

The right-hander is currently 11th in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with the Top 8 players at the end of the regular season earning their place at the prestigious season finale.

 

In the semi-finals, Murray will face Juan Monaco, who upset third seed Richard Gasquet 7-6(7), 6-4 in the pair's first meeting to reach his third ATP World Tour semi-final in his past four tournaments. The Argentine, who recorded his 300th tour-level win with victory over Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday, converted four of his eight break points, including breaking the Frenchman in the final game of the match, to advance in one hour and 43 minutes.

 

Fourth seed Tommy Robredo reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the season as he defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. The 32-year-old Robredo fired 19 aces as he advanced in two hours and 36 minutes, breaking Seppi twice and winning 82 per cent of his first service points. It was the pair’s eighth meeting and saw Robredo improve to a 5-3 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

 

For a place in his 21st ATP World Tour final, Robredo will face sixth seed Santiago Giraldo, who defeated Viktor Troicki 7-6(6), 6-3 one hour and 31 minutes. Troicki had upset top seed David Ferrer in the second round on Thursday, but lost his serve twice against Giraldo as the Colombian advanced to his fourth semi-final of the year.

Nishikori Cruises Past Matosevic; Nieminen d. Andujar; Gulbis, Beneteau in KL Semis

atpworldtour.com: September 26, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Top seed Kei Nishikori reached the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur semi-finals for the third time on Friday as he blasted past Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-0. The Japanese dropped just 10 points on serve and converted five of his 15 break point chances as he advanced in 64 minutes.

 

The 24-year-old Nishikori is playing his first tournament since reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open (l. to Cilic) and improves to a 42-10 match record on the season. He is bidding to become the first Asian man to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and is currently sixth in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

 

In Saturday’s semi-finals, Nishikori will face Jarkko Nieminen after the Finn ousted seventh seed Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-4. The 33-year-old Nieminen is through to his first semi-final since February in Montpellier (l. to Monfils) and claimed his 25th win of the season as he reeled off six games in a row from 4-0 down in the second set.

 

Second seed Ernests Gulbis was pleased with the way his game is improving after he cruised into the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur semi-finals on Friday with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Benjamin Becker. The Latvian struck 12 aces and converted his two break point chances to prevail in 78 minutes.

 

Victory marked the first time since May that Gulbis has won back-to-back matches. The 26 year old reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros, defeating Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych before ultimately losing to Novak Djokovic, but went on to win just four matches in his following five tournaments.

 

Gulbis goes on to face fourth seed Julien Benneteau, who gave himself the chance to reach the final for a third straight year in Kuala Lumpur as he defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4. Benneteau clinched his 21st win of the season with four breaks of serve, edging Cuevas in two hours and 19 minutes.

Malaysian Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal Friday Sept 26

1-Kei Nishikori beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-0

Jarkko Nieminen beat 7-Pablo Andujar 6-3 6-4          

2-Ernests Gulbis beat Benjamin Becker 6-3 7-5        

4-Julien Benneteau beat 5-Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4

 

Shenzhen Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal Friday Sept 26

2-Andy Murray beat Lukas Lacko 6-3 7-5          

Juan Monaco beat 3-Richard Gasquet 7-6(7) 6-4   

6-Santiago Giraldo beat Viktor Troicki 7-6(6) 6-3

4-Tommy Robredo beat 8-Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3

Day Four

Murray into Shenzhen QF; Ferrer Exits; Nieminen Upsets Mayer in KL; Gulbis in QF

atpworldtour.com: September 25, 2014 Shenzhen, China, Andy Murray made a winning return to action on Thursday at the Shenzhen Open. In his first match since losing to Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals, the Scot defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-3.

 

The 27-year-old Murray is looking for a strong showing in the three-week ATP World Tour Asian swing to improve his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Murray is currently 11th in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with the Top 8 at the end of the regular season qualifying for the prestigious season finale.

 

Lukas Lacko will face Murray in the quarter-finals after edging Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 7-6(1) in one hour and 39 minutes. The Slovakian saved four of the five break points he faced to earn his 14th tour-level win of the season. Sixth seed Santiago Giraldo held off Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis, defeating the 18 year old 6-4, 6-3. Giraldo withstood 11 aces from Kokkinakis, who was playing just his eighth tour-level match, and broke the right-hander three times for victory in 82 minutes.

 

The 26-year-old Giraldo is through to his seventh ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season. The Colombian, who was runner-up in Barcelona in April (l. to Nishikori), is bidding for his first title this week. Giraldo goes on to face Viktor Troicki, who upset top seed David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4 in just 66 minutes. The Serb fired 13 aces and converted two of his five break points to record his first win in four attempts against Ferrer. The Spaniard was looking to boost his points total in the Emirates ATP Race To London this week; he is currently in seventh place.

 

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , second seed Ernests Gulbis finished strongly as he defeated qualifier Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur. The 26 year old recorded his 37th win of the season as he prevailed in just over two hours, hitting 15 aces and breaking serve four times.

 

Next up for Gulbis is Benjamin Becker, who defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6(4) in 84 minutes. The 33-year-old Becker, who upset defending champion Joao Sousa in the first round, was a finalist in ‘s-Hertogenbosch earlier in the season (l. to Bautista-Agut) and has a 20-22 match record. Jarkko Nieminen reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since February as he upset third seed Leonardo Mayer 7-6(5), 6-4.  

 

On his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament, Nieminen goes on to face seventh seed Pablo Andujar for a place in the semi-finals. Andujar battled past Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes.

Malaysian Open Men's Singles Second Thursday Sept 25

2-Ernests Gulbis beat Philipp Petzschner 6-3 6-7(3) 6-1 final

7-Pablo Andujar beat Michal Przysiezny 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3  

Benjamin Becker beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 7-6(4)

Jarkko Nieminen beat 3-Leonardo Mayer 7-6(5) 6-4

 

Shenzhen Open Men’s Singles Second Round Thursday Sept 25

6-Santiago Giraldo beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-3

Viktor Troicki beat 1-David Ferrer 6-3 6-4

2-Andy Murray beat Somdev Devvarman 6-3 6-3

Lukas Lacko beat Richard Berankis 6-4 7-6(1)

Day Three

Nishikori Wins KL Opener; Monaco Claims 3ooth Win in Shenzhen, Gasquet Advance

atpworldtour.com: September 24, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Playing his first match since reaching the US Open final, top seed Kei Nishikori made a winning start at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, beating Rajeev Ram 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday.

 

World No. 8 Nishikori, who launched the ATP World Tour’s three-week Asian swing in Hong Kong on Friday, claimed his 41st win of the season.  The 24-year-old Nishikori, champion in Memphis (d. Karlovic) and Barcelona (d. Giraldo) earlier in the season, dismissed Ram in 65 minutes, winning 72 per cent of his service points and breaking the American four times.

 

Nishikori goes on to face Marinko Matosevic, who defeated Japan’s Go Soeda 7-6(5), 6-4. The Australian is through to his sixth quarter-final of the season. Fifth seed Pablo Cuevas reached his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he battled to a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Ivan Dodig in two hours and 45 minutes.

 

Cuevas goes on to meet fourth seed Julien Benneteau, who defeated Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-3 in 89 minutes. Michal Przysiezny set a second-round match with seventh seed Pablo Andujar after coming from behind to beat Malek Jaziri 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

 

Benjamin Becker upset defending champion and sixth seed Joao Sousa 7-6(1), 6-2 in the first round. The 25-year-old Sousa won his maiden ATP World Tour trophy in Kuala Lumpur last year (d. Benneteau) and was coming off a runner-up showing at last week’s Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Goffin).

 

In Shenzhen, China, Frenchman Richard Gasquet made a strong start to his Shenzhen Open campaign on Wednesday as he dismissed Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-2. The third-seeded Gasquet saved the six break points Muller created and won 78 per cent of his first service points to advance to the quarter-finals in 77 minutes.

 

Juan Monaco claimed his 300th tour-level win as he defeated seventh seed Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in just under two hours. Monaco is the 20th active player and the sixth this season to reach the milestone. The 30 year old is through to his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season and will face Gasquet for the first time on Friday.

 

Fourth seed Tommy Robredo came back for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over 95th-ranked Sam Groth of Australia in one hour and 37 minutes. Robredo, 32, is playing his first tournament since reaching the Round of 16 at the US Open (l. to Wawrinka). He goes on to face eighth seed Andreas Seppi, who defeated Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Italian contest.

Malaysian Open Men's Singles Wednesday Sept 24

R2: 4-Julien Benneteau beat Filip Krajinovic 6-4 6-3

R2: 1-Kei Nishikori beat Rajeev Ram 6-2 6-3            

R2: Marinko Matosevic beat Go Soeda 7-6(5) 6-4    

R2: 5-Pablo Cuevas beat Ivan Dodig 3-6 7-5 7-5    

R1: Benjamin Becker beat 6-Joao Sousa 7-6(1) 6-2 

R1: Michal Przysiezny beat Malek Jaziri 4-6 6-4 6-2

 

Shenzhen Open Men's Singles Second Round Wednesday Sept 24

4-Tommy Robredo beat Samuel Groth 1-6 7-5 6-3 

Juan Monaco beat 7-Vasek Pospisil 7-5 2-6 6-3

3-Richard Gasquet beat Gilles Muller 6-3 6-2

8-Andreas Seppi beat Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-3

Day Two

Berankis Upsets Simon in Shenzhen Opener; Kyrgios Falls to Aussie Mate Matosevic in KL

atpworldtour.com: September 23, 2014 Shenzhen, China-  Ricardas Berankis recorded his 50th match win on the ATP World Tour by upsetting fifth seed Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2 at the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday.

 

The 120th-ranked Berankis converted four of his seven break points to defeat the Frenchman in one hour and 19 minutes. He will next meet Lukas Lacko, who advanced with a 6-1, 7-6(4) win over Evgeny Donskoy.   Sixth seed Santiago Giraldo struck 10 aces past qualifier Bowen Ouyang in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. He goes on to face qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis, who was a 7-6(3), 6-1 winner over wild card Egor Gerasimov.

 

Seventh seed Vasek Pospisil will meet Juan Monaco in the second round after he avenged May’s Roland Garros loss to Teymuraz Gabashvili, with a 6-3, 6-4 win. Eighth seed Andreas Seppi will take on fellow Italian Simone Bolelli following a 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Maximo Gonzalez.

 

Elsewhere, Viktor Troicki was leading fellow qualifier Martin Klizan 5-7, 6-1, 3-0 when this year’s BMW Open champion (d. Fognini) retired due to wrist pain. Troicki now faces top seed David Ferrer. Gilles Muller fired 22 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Marco Chiudinelli to set up a second-round clash against third seed Richard Gasquet. Sam Groth took out Australian compatriot James Duckworth 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3, converting three of his 10 break points and hitting 16 aces for a meeting with fourth seed Tommy Robredo.

 

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, eighth seed Nick Kyrgios fell in his debut at the Malaysian Open succumbing to fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic 7-6(4), 7-6(3) in first-round action Tuesday. The 19-year-old Kyrgios, seeded for the first time at an ATP World Tour event, managed to capitalize on just one of his seven break point opportunities in his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Matosevic.

 

Another Australian, Bernard Tomic, failed to convert two match points as he lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7) to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The 65th-ranked Tomic held one match point in the 12th game, as he served for the match, and a second at 6-5 in the third set tie-break.

 

Pablo Andujar, who remains on course for his best year-end finish in the Emirates ATP Rankings, started his challenge for the Kuala Lumpur crown with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Gregoire Burquier 6-2, 6-4 in 75 minutes.

 

Elsewhere, Jarkko Nieminen recorded his 23rd match win of the season 6-1, 6-2 over qualifier Philipp Oswald in 50 minutes. He will next meet third seed Leonardo Mayer. Rajeev Ram beat this year’s US Open junior champion, Omar Jasika, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and will next play top seed Kei Nishikori, who is a contender to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.

Malaysian Open Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Sept 23

Marinko Matosevic beat 8-Nick Kyrgios 7-6(4) 7-6(3) 

Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Bernard Tomic 6-4 3-6 7-6(7)

Jarkko Nieminen beat Philipp Oswald 6-1 6-2             

Philipp Petzschner beat James Ward 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)       

7-Pablo Andujar beat Gregoire Burquier 6-2 6-4             

Rajeev Ram beat Omar Jasika 4-6 7-5 6-3                   

Go Soeda beat Kento Takeuchi 6-2 6-1

Shenzhen Open Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Sept 23

Ricardas Berankis beat 5-Gilles Simon 6-4 6-2                

Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Egor Gerasimov 7-6(3) 6-1           

Samuel Groth beat James Duckworth 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3          

Viktor Troicki beat Martin Klizan 5-7 6-1 3-0 (Klizan retired)

7-Vasek Pospisil beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3 6-4               

Gilles Muller beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-4 3-6 6-4       

6-Santiago Giraldo beat Ouyang Bowen 3-6 6-3 6-4               

8-Andreas Seppi beat Maximo Gonzalez 7-6(3) 6-2               

Lukas Lacko beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-1 7-6(4)

Day One

Bolleli, Devvarman Advance in Shenzen; Cuevas to Face Dodig in R2 Shenzen Open

atpworldtour.com: September 22, 2014 Shenzhen, China -  Simone Bolelli and Somdev Devvarman both advanced to the Shenzhen Open second round on Monday. Bolelli lost just eight service points in a 6-4, 6-2 win over Matthew Ebden in 63 minutes.

 

Devvarman recorded his seventh tour-level victory of the season with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over wild card Xin Goa. Devvarman set up a clash against second seed Andy Murray, who is attempting to clinch a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London, from 9-16 November.

 

Former World No. 10 Juan Monaco moved to within one victory of 300 career match wins (299-232 overall record) when he defeated fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-5 in the final match of the day, which lasted 90 minutes. Martin Klizan, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Viktor Troicki and Bowen Ouyang all qualified for the main draw.

 

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Fifth seed Pablo Cuevas broke a two-match losing streak against Jurgen Melzer Monday with a 6-4, 7-6(1) win at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur. It was their first match since 2009. Cuevas goes on to face Ivan Dodig, who was a 7-6(6), 6-1 victor over Hiroki Moriya.

 

This week, Kei Nishikori, the recent US Open finalist, and Ernests Gulbis, who are both in the Top 16 of the Emirates ATP Race To London, continue their push for a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November. Defending champion Joao Sousa, fresh from a runner-up finish at the Moselle Open (l. to Goffin), also competes at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

Malaysian Open Men's Singles First Round Monday Sept 22

Filip Krajinovic beat Taro Daniel 6-2 6-4      

Ivan Dodig beat Hiroki Moriya 7-6(6) 6-1      

5-Pablo Cuevas beat Jurgen Melzer 6-4 7-6(1)

 

Shenzhen Open Men's Singles First Round Monday Sept 22

Juan Monaco beat Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-5

Somdev Devvarman beat Gao Xin 6-3 4-6 6-4         

Simone Bolelli beat Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-2

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Malaysian Open 2013

Sousa Registers First ATP Title Plum, Rallies Past Benneteau in Final

First title for Sousa. Photo malaysianopentennis.com

atpworldtour.com: September 29 2013 Kuala Lumpur -  World No. 77 Joao Sousa claimed his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Malaysian Open, defeating fifth seed Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in Kuala Lumpur. The 24-year-old saved six of eight break points during the match which lasted two hours and 18 minutes. One of those was on match point, with Sousa serving at 30-40, trailing 2-6, 4-5. Sousa became the first player from Portugal to win an ATP World Tour final, going one step better than Frederico Gil who lost to Albert Montanes in Oeiras, Portugal in May 2010.  He also became the seventh first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season, with his win over France's Benneteau in the pair's first meeting. Sousa produced the best win of his career by toppling top seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals, before defeating fourth seed Jurgen Melzer in the semi-finals. The right-hander leapt to a career-high No. 77 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final in St. Petersburg last week (l. to Garcia-Lopez). Full article

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