Saturday, September 29, 2012
Juan Monaco defeated Kei Nishikori 64 26 76 to advance to the Malaysian Open 2012 final.
The Argentine will next meet Julien Benneteau, who surprised David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1.
Pico saved one match point at 2-5 in the deciding set on his way to a two hours and 43 minutes victory.
"Nishikori played very well," said Monaco. "He came back in the second set, playing better than me. The final set was up and down, he had one match point, then I fought back and I am very happy the way I finished the match. I think the crowd enjoyed it."
"He just played well and I don’t think I played badly," said Nishikori. "He served great and hit the ball well. I stopped hitting and playing inside the baseline."
The Frenchman needed one hour and 38 minutes to upset Ferrer who has been in top form all season long.
"It was difficult to beat him, because David is a very solid player," said Benneteau. "I knew I had an opportunity, as I had beaten him in the past. I am happy I did it. My chances are 50-50 for the final. Monaco is a very consistent player."
"I was okay today, in good condition, but Julien played a very good match; better than me," said Ferrer, who will play at the China Open in Beijing next week. "I had a lot of chances to break him and in the important moments he played better than me."
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