9/29/12 3:00 PM | Cheryl Murray
Julien Benneteau shocked top seed David Ferrer with an upset win in the Malaysian Open semifinals.
Julien Benneteau def. David Ferrer (1) 6-4, 6-1
Frenchman Julien Benneteau upended world No. 5 David Ferrer in shockingly easy straight sets to advance to the Kuala Lumpur final. The two men were on court for over an hour and a half, but it was Ferrer who wilted in the second set.
Benneteau was able to secure a whopping five service breaks from Ferrer, and even more impressively fought off 10 of 12 break points against him.
The biggest battles of the match came at the end of the first set, with Benneteau playing clutch tennis at the net to take the one-set lead and at the beginning of the second. In the third game of the set, with Benneteau up a break already, Ferrer fought hard to break back. Benneteau did well to hold him off and from there the Spaniard's game fell off.
Benneteau will take on Juan Monaco for the title on Sunday.
Juan Monaco def. Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Japan's top player Kei Nishikori came very near victory in his semifinal match against No. 2 seed Juan Monaco. The Japanese man was up a break in the third set and served for the match at 5-3. Monaco benefited a bit from a nervy service game, with Nishikori--who had one match point--donating a couple of unforced errors.
Monaco was able to earn the break back and held tough for the rest of the set until he took the match 7-4 in the tiebreaker.
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