MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR 2012
Ferrer Equals Federer Mark, Monaco, Nishikori Advance
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
by ATP Staff|
Top seed David Ferrer won a record-equaling 61st match of the season with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alex Bogolomov at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. The gritty Spaniard broke the Russian four times to join Roger Federer at the head of the 2012 match wins leaderboard.
Ferrer, who recently led Spain into the Davis Cup final and reached the US Open semi-finals (l. Djokovic) for the second time, next meets emerging Dutchman Igor Sijsling as he continues his quest for a sixth title of the year.
Second seed Juan Monaco opened his campaign with a second-round 6-4, 7-5 win over Chinese Taipei wild card Jimmy Wang. The Argentine was broken three times, but responded with five breaks from 11 opportunities to clinch victory in one hour and 48 minutes.
The 28-year-old Monaco is chasing his fourth title of the season on his debut appearance at this ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament. The Tandil native - a winner in Vina del Mar (d. Berlocq), Houston (d. Isner) and Hamburg (d. Haas) - is currently joint 12th in the Race to London. The Top 8 will qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena in November.
Third seed Kei Nishikori rallied from a set down to beat Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1. After neither player earned a break point chance in the first set, Japan's highest-ever ranked player converted all five chances that came his way in the final two sets, in which he dropped just three games. He next meets Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko.
Fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov and fifth seed Feliciano Lopez were both upset in their second-round contests.
Colombia’s Alejandro Falla battled past Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 32 minutes. The No. 61-ranked Falla reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he converted four of his seven break point chances, avenging the straight-sets defeat he suffered to Dolgopolov in Brisbane at the start of the year.
"I'm really happy because it was such a nice win for me," said Falla. "We both played well; maybe there were a few up and downs in his game during the match. I'm really happy to be in the quarters. Beating a Top 20 guy is always tough; it gives me confidence."
Igor Sijsling recorded his sixth win of the season as he ousted Lopez 7-6(0), 7-6(2). Both players fired 11 aces and neither was able to break serve, with Lopez saving six break points in the one-hour, 35-minute clash. The No. 97-ranked Sijsling was also a quarter-finalist in ‘s-Hertogenbosch earlier in the season.
Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final in a row as he defeated Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 7-5, 6-4. Davydenko, a semi-finalist last week at the Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Tsonga), broke serve four times as he claimed victory in one hour and 41 minutes. The 31-year-old Davydenko won the inaugural edition of the Malaysian Open in 2009 (d. Verdasco).