Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sports Network) - World No. 77 Joao Sousa and fifth
seed Julien Benneteau won their respective semifinal matches Saturday at the
Malaysian Open tennis event.
Sousa beat fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer by a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 margin to become
the first Portuguese player to reach an ATP World Tour final since Frederico
Gil in Oeiras, Portugal, in May 2010.
The 24-year-old Sousa produced the best win of his career by defeating top
seed David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. He reached the final four in St.
Petersburg, Russia, last week.
Next up for Sousa is Benneteau, who handled second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka
by a 6-4, 6-3 score.
Benneteau, last year's Kuala Lumpur runner-up to Argentine Juan Monaco,
advanced to his first final since February, when he reached his eighth career
ATP World Tour final (0-8) in Rotterdam.
The 2013 Malaysian Open champion will claim $158,000.
The Sports Network