9/28/12 11:48 PM | Cheryl Murray
Top seeds David Ferrer and Juan Monaco moved into final weekend play with wins on Friday at the Malaysian Open.
David Ferrer (1) def. Igor Sijsling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Dutchman Igor Sjisling put in a good performance against top seed David Ferrer, but the Spaniard, who is ranked fifth in the world, held on for the three-set win.
Sjisling took a one-set lead over Ferrer with a single break in the opening frame. Ferrer managed to get back on track in the second, securing a pair of breaks of the Dutchman's serve.
Ferrer very nearly bungled the third set while he was serving out the match. The Spaniard faced three break points before pulling out the clutch hold. He will take on Julien Benneteau in the semifinals.
Juan Monaco (2) def. Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4
Argentina's Juan Monaco defeated Vasek Pospisil of Canada in straight sets to advance to Saturday's semis. Pospisil has a big game, but he lacks the consistency to win against highly-ranked opponents.
Monaco only struck one ace in the match, but Pospisil's return game made almost no impression on the Monaco serve. The Canadian earned himself a pair of break-point chances, but he was unable to convert.
The Argentine broke Pospisil three times for the straight-set win. Monaco will play No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori on Saturday.
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