ATP Malaysian Open: Joao Sousa knocks out top seed David Ferrer in Kuala Lumpur

Last Updated: 27/09/13 5:27pm

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Joao Sousa: Defeated David Ferrer to reach the last four in Kuala Lumpur

Joao Sousa: Defeated David Ferrer to reach the last four in Kuala Lumpur

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Unseeded Joao Sousa shocked top seed David Ferrer 6-2 7-6 (8/6) to reach the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open.

The Portuguese No 1 left the 31-year-old French Open runner-up reeling as he clinched his first ever victory over a top 10 player.

Sousa, 24, converted all three of his break point chances and denied Ferrer three of the four he earned.

He missed a match point opportunity when he served for victory at 5-4 in the second set, before rallying from a 4-6 deficit in the tiebreaker.

"I've never beaten a top 10 player before, let alone someone in the top five. This without doubt is my biggest victory."
Joao Sousa on beating David Ferrer

"I've never beaten a top 10 player before, let alone someone in the top five. This without doubt is my biggest victory," said world No 77 Sousa.

He will now meet fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer in the final four in Kuala Lumpur after the Austrian swept past Federico Delbonis from Argentina, 6-3 6-2.

Afterwards, Melzer, 32, paid tribute to his younger brother Gerald, who gave him tips on an opponent he was meeting for the first time.

"Sure I called him and asked for his advice since he beat Delbonis before. I asked him for advice and whatever he said was true!

"So it looks like my little brother is tactically, a very wise player," joked Germany's Melzer.

The other semi-final will see Swiss world No 10 Stanislas Wawrinka take on Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Second seed Wawrinka edged out Dmitry Tursunov in a hard-fought 2-6 6-3 7-6 (3) win which lasted a lengthy two hours and four minutes while Benneteau outplayed 25-year-old compatriot Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3.

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