Kuala Lumpur - Fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay has opened the Malaysian Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over Jurgen Melzer of Austria on Monday.
The 28-year-old Cuevas, who won two titles in July, will next meet Ivan Dodig of Croatia, who had a 7-6 (6), 6-1 win over Hiroki Moriya of Japan.
Filip Krajinovic of Serbia beat Taro Daniel of Japan 6-2, 6-4 in a battle between two wild-card recipients.
Kei Nishikori, the runner-up at the U.S. Open, is the No. 1-seeded player at the tournament.
Results from the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (x denotes seed):
Pablo Cuevas (URU x5) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)
Scott Lipsky/Rajeev Ram (USA) bt Pablo Andujar/Philipp Oswald (ESP/AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 12-10
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Hiroki Moriya (JPN) 7-6 (8/6), 6-1
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-2, 6-4