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Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Sunday Tennis Results
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


RESULTS - SUNDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles - Final
J Sousa (POR) d [5] J Benneteau (FRA) 26 75 64 - saved 1 M.P.

Doubles - Final
E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG) 62 64
  

FINALS REVIEW - SOUSA SAVES 1 M.P. TO WIN FIRST TITLE; BUTORAC/KLAASEN TRIUMPH
    Joao Sousa captures his first ATP World Tour title. He saved a match point while serving at 30-40, trailing 2-6, 4-5.
    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 a team.
    Butorac improves to 14-8 in finals, and has now won at least one title in every season since 2007.
    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 for us."

"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."

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