Date : October 1, 2015
Six of the tournament’s top eight seeds set to feature in tomorrow’s quarterfinal matches



Tournament top seed and world No.8 David Ferrer took one hour and 31 minutes to overcome Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-3 in tonight’s featured match on Centre Court and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2015 held here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.


The 33-year-old former world No.3, playing his first match in Kuala Lumpur after a first round bye, took some time to find his rhythm and had his serve broken three times during the match.


“It was not easy. The first match is never easy and I hope to improve my game tomorrow. I will try my best against Kukushkin, who is a very good player and having a good year,” Ferrer said.


Ferrer will meet Mikhail Kukushkin in Friday’s quarterfinal, with the Kazakh having earlier defeated Radu Albot 6-3, 6-2 to move into the last eight.


Tournament number four seed Grigor Dimitrov (#19) came from a set down to defeat Portugal’s Joao Sousa (#47) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes.


The 6-foot-3 Bulgarian struggled in patches, racking up seven double faults, but with the crowd behind him, fought back from 2-4 down in the final set to take four games on the trot and set up a quarterfinal tie with Benjamin Becker. 


“I didn’t play my best but I’m happy to get the win. It’s my first time here in KL and I’m glad to see that I have fans here,” the former world No.8 said.


Earlier in the day, Canadian Vasek Pospisil (#44) powered into his second ATP World Tour quarterfinal of the year with a hard fought 7-6(7-2), 3-6, 6-3 victory over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis (#51).


The eighth seeded 25-year-old, who made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal this June at Wimbledon, suffered from leg cramps in the final set but held his serve to triumph in what was the longest match of the tournament so far at two hours and 28 minutes.


“I sweat a lot and in the end there I was having some cramps. It’s not something that has really bothered me before but it’s something that I will sort out for sure in the off season. In the end, I was just trying to hold my serve and hit the ball hard and make the points short,” Pospisil said.


Second seed Feliciano Lopez (#17) held off a second set challenge from Russian qualifier Mischa Zverev to win 6-3, 7-6(7-4) in 90 minutes and move into Friday’s quarterfinal. The 34-year-old Spaniard served up 15 aces and saved six out of seven break points.


“We had a long break after the US Open and it’s always tough to adjust to the conditions. I think I played quite good, I was serving good in the tight moments, especially the tie-breaker, and I managed somehow to go through and hopefully tomorrow I do well. Pospisil is a young and aggressive player with a good serve. He had a battle with Baghdatis today but I hope he recovers well for our match tomorrow,” Lopez said.


In doubles matches, all seeded teams in action on Thursday progressed to the semifinals, with only third seeded American duo Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky still to play their quarterfinals tie against Czech pair Frantisek Cermak and Radek Stepanek on Friday.


All singles quarterfinal matches will be played on Centre Court this Friday starting from 2.15pm (local time).


Off the court, Frantisek Cermak and Eric Butorac were present at special coaching clinics organised together with the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM), while Benjamin Becker and Ivo Karlovic took time off in the evening to interact with fans and hold autograph sessions at the Putra Stadium foyer.


Once again the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is making the event affordable for all Malaysians. Ticket prices range from RM10 to RM620 and can be purchased now on-line via the tournament website, at TicketCharge outlets or through the ticket hotline at TicketCharge Ph: 603-9222 8811.


The tournament would like to thank its suite of official sponsors. In addition to the distinguished support of the Event Patron, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the event is proud to have prestigious commercial sponsors that include KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Rado, CNN International, the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Wilson, 100 Plus, the Albukhary Foundation, Astro and the ATP World Tour’s Premier Partner Corona. 


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