Date : September 28, 2014
KEI NISHIKORI WINS SIXTH CAREER SINGLES TITLE AT MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR

MARCIN MATKOWSKI AND LEANDER PAES STAGE EXCITING COME FROM BEHIND VICTORY TO CLAIM DOUBLES CROWN


Japanese tennis superstar Kei Nishikori’s superb run of form in 2014 continued as he defeated Julien Benneteau 7-6(4), 6-4 in a thrilling final to win his third title of the year and sixth overall at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 24-year-old US Open finalist had to endure a tough first set, with his serve being broken as early as the third game. The world No.8 also squandered nine break points before finally leveling matters in the tenth game to force the tie-break and take the straight sets victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

“I was waiting for my opportunity in the last few games of the first set. I had so many break points and I couldn't take them. In the last game he got a little bit tight. I took some chances and after that I was playing much better and I was getting much better. I could see he was a little bit tired in the second set so I tried to raise my level. It was a really tough match… but it's good to win this,” said the world No.8.


Date : September 27, 2014
TOP SEED NISHIKORI AND TWO-TIME MALAYSIAN OPEN RUNNER-UP BENNETEAU SET FOR FINALS SHOWDOWN

SECOND AND FOURTH SEEDED DOUBLES PAIRINGS MEET IN TOMORROW’S FINALS


Top seed and world No.8 Kei Nishikori will make his first Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 finals appearance after a tense 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 semifinal victory in one hour and 37 minutes over Jarkko Nieminen on the Putra Stadium Centre Court here in Bukit Jalil today.

Both players were in great form in front of a near capacity crowd, and although Nieminen rallied early in the second set to force a decider, last month’s US Open runner-up Nishikori responded imperiously in the third to take the match.

“Today was a little bit tough, because he was playing a little better in the second. Maybe I relaxed a bit, because I couldn't take my chances, and I had a couple of unforced errors in the last couple of games of the second set. But I tried to concentrate and focus in the first couple of games (of the third set) and everything worked well after that. And I finished well, so I'm very happy,” said the 24-year-old.

Nishikori meets Benneteau in tomorrow’s final, with the Japanese having beaten the Frenchman twice in the last three years.


Date : September 26, 2014
TOP SEEDS NISHIKORI AND GULBIS POWER INTO LAST FOUR

SEEDED DOUBLES PAIRS MAKE IT THROUGH TO SEMIFINALS


Number one seed and world No.8 Kei Nishikori was true to his top billing as he swept aside Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-0 in just 63 minutes to reach the semifinals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 held here at the Putra Stadium at Bukit Jalil.

Into the last four here for the third time, the 24-year-old Nishikori showcased the kind of form that saw him power into the finals of the US Open last month, amassing a total of 15 break points and converting five against a frustrated Matosevic.

“No, (I didn’t expect to bagel him). I was expecting a tough match, but I've been playing well and he was struggling a little bit, especially in the second set, so I was trying to raise my level and finish early,” said the Japanese.

Nishikori will meet Jarkko Nieminen for the first time on tour in tomorrow’s semifinal, the Finn continuing his fine run in the Malaysian Open as he upset seventh seed Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-4 in 74 minutes to make his second ATP tour semifinal of the season.


Date : September 25, 2014
SECOND SEED GULBIS POWERS INTO QUARTERS AS THIRD SEED MAYER IS OUSTED IN SECOND ROUND

FIVE OUT OF THE TOP EIGHT SEEDS MAKE IT INTO TOMORROW’S QUARTERFINALS


Second seed Ernests Gulbis of Latvia recovered from an error-strewn second set to defeat German Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 to move into the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 held here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

World No. 13 Gulbis is in the midst of the best season of his career, with his two titles and semifinals appearance at Roland Garros helping him break into the top 10 for the first time in June. He will face German Benjamin Becker in tomorrow’s quarterfinal.

“It was 3-1 for me and I made three stupid mistakes. That's a lack of matches. I haven't been playing matches since the US Open. I’ve played (Becker) once in Australia I think. If I play well, if I serve well, I think I’m the favourite,” said the 26-year-old.

German Benjamin Becker made his third tour quarterfinal in three months with a commanding 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in 84 minutes.


Date : September 24, 2014
TOP SEED NISHIKORI BREEZES INTO QUARTERS AS DEFENDING CHAMP SOUSA STUMBLES

SECOND AND THIRD SEEDS ERNESTS GULBIS AND LEONARDO MAYER OPEN CAMPAIGNS TOMORROW; DOUBLES WILD CARDS - ?HALF-KAMPUNG KID’ NICK KYRGIOS AND LOCAL LAD MOHD AGIL – TAKE TO COURT AT NIGHT


Singles top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan took just over an hour in front of a Wednesday crowd of over 4,000 fans to defeat American Rajeev Ram 6-2, 6-3 and move into the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 played here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 24-year-old Nishikori, high on confidence after a fine season in which he won the ATP 500 Barcelona Open and ATP 250 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships while also reaching the finals of the US Open last month, continued his fine run of form to book a quarterfinal with Australian Marinko Matosevic.

“Physically, I am almost perfect I think. It was a good first match for me, everything worked well. I had a really tough five-setter in Australia this year with (Matosevic). He's a good player, always a dangerous player. I'll try to have a good practice tomorrow and be ready for the next one,” said the top Japanese. That match will be played on Friday at 8.30PM and will be televised to millions of homes around the world – including a prime time broadcast in Japan.


Date : September 23, 2014

Date : September 22, 2014

Date : September 21, 2014
MAIN DRAW KICKS OFF TOMORROW WITH FIFTH SEED PABLO CUEVAS, JURGEN MELZER AND ?BATTLE OF THE WILD CARDS’ SET TO FEATURE

NICK KYRGIOS TO PLAY ON TUESDAY, NISHIKORI AND SOUSA ON WEDNESDAY WHILE GULBIS AND MAYER START CAMPAIGNS ON THURSDAY.


Fifth seeded Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, former world No.8 Jurgen Melzer of Austria and wild cards Taro Daniel of Japan and Serbian Filip Krajinovic will take to court tomorrow as the main draw of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 gets underway here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 28-year-old Cuevas is in the form of his life after returning from injury in April last year. The world No.38 (career high of No.36 in August) picked up his maiden ATP title in July at the Swedish Open in Bastad and quickly followed that up with another impressive triumph at the Croatia Open in the same month, starting off in the qualifiers and beating the top two seeds on the way to a memorable title.

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Melzer is currently ranked world No.111 but has struggled with injuries over the last few years and enters the tournament on a protected ranking. His career high ATP ranking was No.8 in April 2011. Melzer’s best victory this year came against the then No.23 ranked Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the quarterfinals of the Topshelf Open.


Date : September 20, 2014
DEFENDING CHAMP SOUSA AND ?HALF-KAMPUNG KID’ KYRGIOS RECEIVE TRICKY FIRST ROUND TIES AT THE MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR 2014 SINGLES DRAW

MALAYSIAN WILD CARDS FEATURE IN TODAY’S FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING


The main draw of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014 singles event was held live today at the main entrance of Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil as the first round of the singles qualifiers featuring three Malaysian wild cards also got underway.

With the top four seeds, Kei Nishikori of Japan (world No.8), Ernests Gulbis of Latvia (No.13), Leonardo Mayer from Argentina (No.25) and Julien Benneteau of France (No.29) all receiving byes in the first round, early focus shifts to the remaining seeded players.

One of the more intriguing matchups in the first round sees eighth seed Nick Kyrgios, nicknamed the ?half-kampung kid’ here in Malaysia, facing off against fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic.


Date : September 19, 2014

Date : September 18, 2014

Date : September 17, 2014
THE LINESMEN ARE READY. THE PLAYERS ARE READY. WILD CARDS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED.
THE MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR IS READY TO ROCK. MICHAEL CHANG TO CONDUCT DAVIS CUP TEAM CLINIC


The 2014 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is all set for what promises to be the tournament’s best year. Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, September 20 to 28, 2014 will be playing host to the strongest line-up in the events’ six year history. The stars including US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, world top tenner Milos Raonic both well positioned to claim a place in the year-end ATP World Tour Finals in London, French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis, Wimbledon quarterfinalist, the “½ Kampung Kid” Nick Kyrgios, defending Champion Joao Sousa and two time Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur finalist Julien Benneteau will start arriving in KL from Friday.


Date : September 12, 2014

Date : September 11, 2014
Statement From Juan Martin Del Potro and the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur

"I would like to take this opportunity to tell you, my fans, that although my wrist is progressing very well, I need a little more time to reach the competitive level necessary to compete week after week. I worked hard to be ready to make my comeback in Asia, where I had great results last year, but unfortunately it was not possible. I'm going to miss my fans in Malaysia, Tokyo and Shanghai who always gave me tremendous support. I will keep working hard on my recovery to play the European season at the end of the year. As always, thanks for your messages!!!" said Juan Martin Del Potro.

"It is always sad when a Champion must withdraw from competition due to injury, especially when one is so close to returning to the field of play after much recovery and preparation. We will miss welcoming Delpo in KL this year, but wish him a speedy and full recovery and look forward to welcoming him in the future. The show must go on for us and in Nishikori, Gulbis, Raonic, Krygios and our defending finalists Sousa and Benneteau and more, a feast of tennis awaits us in Malaysia." said Tournament Director Nick Freyer of IMG.


Date : September 2, 2014

Date : August 13, 2014
DIRECT ENTRY PLAYER FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR
FANTASTIC ARRAY OF STARS HEADING TO KL TO CELEBRATE VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR


The 2014 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur will play host to the best line up of players in its young history. To be played at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, September 20 to 28, the US$1,022,255 event will feature stars from at least 16 different nations as highlighted by the direct entry field released today by the ATP World Tour.

The tournament has a very high cut-off at 58 and well exceeds the world average for number of top 16 players at a 250 level event. The 2014 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur has four players ranked in the world’s top 16 and is among the top 12% of the 34 tournaments that make up the 250 level on the ATP World Tour.

The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur has already been thrilled to announce the top four players heading to the capital – Milos Raonic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kei Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis. All four players have been ranked in the world’s top ten this year and all received commemorative trophies from the CEO and Chairman of the ATP World Tour, Chris Kermode.


Date : August 8, 2014
FUTURE TENNIS SUPERSTAR HEADING TO KUALA LUMPUR …
MALAYSIA TO WELCOME “THE ½ KAMPUNG KID”


The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, South East Asia’s only ATP World Tour tennis tournament, today announces that Nick Kyrgios, the teenager from Australia and the talk of Wimbledon 2014, will be making his Malaysian professional debut at the US$1,022,255 event this year.

Kyrgios, the 19 year old from Canberra, Australia, whose mother Norlaila is Malaysian, will be playing singles and doubles at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, September 20 – 28, joining what is the strongest field in the tournament’s history.

“Many Malaysians were excited and touched by Nick's riveting matches and blistering shot-making at this year's Wimbledon Championships - and we are equally excited to be welcoming him to showcase his talents in person, in Kuala Lumpur in September. Our partners the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, our sponsors and fans will be giving him a very warm "Selamat Datang" during Visit Malaysia Year 2014,” said Tournament Director, Nick Freyer of organisers IMG.


Date : July 2, 2014
MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR 2014 CONFIRMS FOURTH TOP 10 PLAYER
FRENCH OPEN STAND-OUT JOINING STUNNING LINE-UP


For the second time in its young history the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur will play host to four players ranked in the world’s top-ten. The popular tournament in the heart of Asia has already announced the brilliant Juan Martin Del Potro, in one of his first events back, the exciting Japanese star Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic, the man with the blistering serves.

Once again the specially built indoor courts at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, will be the host venue for the US$1,022,255 ATP 250 tournament, which takes place from September 20 – 28, 2014.

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and organisers IMG are now delighted to announce that 10th ranked, and one of the most exciting talents and great characters in world tennis, Ernests Gulbis, has confirmed that he will be coming to Kuala Lumpur.


Date : June 4, 2014
THREE WORLD TOP-TEN PLAYERS HEADLINE
6TH MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR - ATP WORLD TENNIS


The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur celebrates its sixth anniversary this year and tennis fans across the country are in for excitement and thrills, as three of the world’s top-ten confirm their participation, as the country celebrates Visit Malaysia Year. Once again the specially built indoor courts at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, will be the host venue for the US$ 1,022,255 ATP 250 tournament, which takes place from September 20 – 28.

The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is proud to have as its Patron Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia. The event is underpinned by strong support from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, along with a very loyal family of commercial sponsors, and is sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia.

Heading the star line-up is one of the greats from Argentina, world No.7 and US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro, who will make his debut in KL.