Spain's Feliciano López and compatriot David Ferrer reach the Malaysian Open final after respective defeats of Nick Kyrgios and Benjamin Becker.
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Seventh-seeded Nick Kyrgios outserved ace machine Ivo Karlovic to reach his second ATP semi-final of the season while fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov crashed out of the Malaysian Open on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Aussie, whose mother is Malaysian, kept up his solid run in Kuala Lumpur this week with a tight 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) victory over Karlovic, who fired 13 aces to edge closer to Goran Ivanisevic’s record of 10,237 (stats recorded since 1991) but couldn’t bring his best when it mattered the most.
Karlovic is now 35 aces aware from the all-time mark.
Both Kyrgios and Karlovic won 75 per cent of their service points and the match saw no breaks of serve as Kyrgios booked a semi-final meeting with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
Given he is in the semifinals and I’ve only read about his wins, assuming Nick Kyrgios is keeping out of trouble in Kuala Lumpur. Good.
— DavidLaw (@DavidLawTennis) October 2, 2015
”It feels really good to be in the semi-finals,” said the 41st-ranked Kyrgios. “I knew today was going to be tough. I thought he served really well, but I thought I also served really well and looked after my serve.
“It was a fun match as well; it was really good. I thought I stayed composed and today was a really good performance.”
Dimitrov was upset 6-4, 7-6 (3) by unseeded German Benjamin Becker, who takes on top-seeded David Ferrer in the last four.
The 33-year-old Ferrer, playing just his second tournament (he also played Davis Cup) since June having struggled with an elbow injury that forced him out of Wimbledon, eased past Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-4 is through to his sixth semi-final of the year.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic insists he is focused on rounding off his spectacular season in style as he prepares to face old rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Bangkok.
The Serbian, who has won three Grand Slam titles in 2015 and reached the final of the French Open, is bidding to win the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals event at the 02 in London for a fourth successive year.
But before the 28-year-old returns to London in November, he faces Spaniard Nadal and then travels to Shanghai for the Masters 1000 event in China.
Meanwhile, Nadal, who is ranked seventh in the world rankings, has praised the 10-time Grand Slam champion for his achievements this year.