Erik Gudris/ Saturday, September 28, 2013
French veteran Julien Benneteau got a step closer to an elusive first ever ATP singles title by knocking out No. 2 seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the Malaysian Open semifinals.
Veteran Julien Benneteau and rising star Joao Sousa will both seek their first ever ATP title in the Malaysian Open finals on Sunday.
Wawrinka found himself broken six times in the match and that allowed Benneteau to walk away with the 6-4, 6-3 win in 78 minutes.
Benneteau is now into his ninth career ATP final, but has never won a singles title in his 13 year career. The Frenchman lost his last final in Rotterdam to Juan Martin Del Potro earlier in February.
Sousa Soars Over Melzer; Seeks First Ever ATP Title
Portugal's Joao Sousa continues his impressive run in Kuala Lumpur after earning a three set win to reach Sunday's finals.
Sousa, who earlier in the week upset top seed David Ferrer, took on Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the earlier semi.
In an up and down match that saw both men split the first two sets, it was Sousa who managed to break Melzer twice in the final set. That allowed Sousa to clinch the 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
Sousa, who last week reached the semifinals of St. Petersburg, is continuing to enjoy a good late season run that has boosted him to No. 77 in the rankings. He will seek his first ever ATP final on Sunday.
"It's going to be tough," Sousa said about the upcoming final to ATP.com. "I'm going to give a hundred per cent tomorrow to win the title here, for sure. (If I win) it will be good not just for me, but for my country, Portugal."
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