Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Sunday Tennis Results
Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RESULTS - SUNDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2013
Singles - Final
Sousa (POR) d  J Benneteau (FRA) 26 75 64 - saved 1
Doubles - Final
(USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos
(ARG) 62 64
FINALS REVIEW - SOUSA SAVES 1 M.P. TO WIN FIRST TITLE;
Joao Sousa captures his first ATP World Tour title. He
saved a match point while serving at 30-40, trailing
• The 24 year old upset top seed David
Ferrer in the quarter-finals.
• Sousa is the first
player from Portugal to win an ATP World Tour title.
• He is the seventh first-time winner and the
12th unseeded winner on the ATP World Tour this season.
• Julien Benneteau's loss takes his record in ATP
World Tour finals to 0-9.
• It was the first final
of the year between two players battling to win their
first ATP World Tour title.
• Eric Butorac and
Raven Klaasen claim their first ATP World Tour title as
• Butorac improves to 14-8 in finals, and
has now won at least one title in every season since
• Klaasen improves to a 3-1 mark in finals.
He won the Metz title last week (w/Brunstrom).
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Sousa: "I'm so tired mentally and
physically but I just feel amazing, it's just a dream
come true, winning my first title here in Malaysia. I'm
really happy to win this title."
Benneteau: "I tried everything today...
I played very well, particularly I was very aggressive
and I didn't let him play for two sets almost."
"I took my chance, it didn't pay off and it's hard, it's
hard, it's very hard. But it's sport."
Butorac: "From the first practice,
[until] the final match, I thought we had a really great
week together, put some good tennis on court, and that
was what happened."
"I think we have different
skills, but play a similar style of doubles. If you saw
in the finals, the other guys wanted to sit back and hit
shots really hard from the baseline, but we wanted to
play a lot at the net. We were really able to craft the
points and play them in our favour, so I think hopefully
moving forward that we can use those tactical and court
smarts to our advantage."
Klassen: "We knew the first match was
probably going to be the biggest test because we hadn't
played together before, and we kind of had to figure a
few things out. I feel like we got stronger every
[match], so we really enjoyed it out there, and the
crowd today really showed up and made it fun out there
"We've decided that we're going to play
together until the end of the season, and then we'll
start next year together too, so hopefully we can build
on this momentum and form going into next season."