Nishikori books quarters spot

2012-09-27 17:10

Kuala Lumpur - Kei Nishikori of Japan reached his seventh quarter-final of a breakthrough season when he beat Albert Ramos of Spain 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1 in the Malaysian Open on Thursday.

The question is: Can he win it? In his six other quarter-finals this year, including at the Australian Open and London Olympics, he lost them all.

On Friday, the third-seeded Nishikori will play Nikolay Davydenko, whom he beat in the London Games.

The second-seeded Juan Monaco began his chase for a fourth title this year by beating Taiwanese wildcard Jimmy Wang 6-4, 7-5. The Argentine responded to losing his serve three times by breaking Wang five times.

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, the No 4 seed who also had a first-round bye, lost to Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

"I started really bad and missed a lot of balls," Dolgopolov said. "I came back in the second set but it was an up and down match."

Falla's second quarter-final of the year will be against Julien Benneteau of France.

Dutchman Igor Sijsling served up only his sixth win of the year with a second-round upset of No 5 Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (7/2). They played impeccably on serve with 11 aces each and no break points conceded, but Lopez crumbled in both tie-breaks.

Davydenko, the inaugural Malaysian champion three years ago, defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-5, 6-4 for his second quarter-final in two weeks.

Results on Thursday in the Malaysian Open, an ATP tournament on indoor hard-courts at Putra Stadium (seedings in parentheses):


Second Round

Juan Monaco (2), Argentina, def. Jimmy Wang, Taiwan, 6-4, 7-5.
Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 7-5, 6-4.
Igor Sijsling, Netherlands, def. Feliciano Lopez (5), Spain, 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (7/2).
Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 7-5, 6-4.
Kei Nishikori (3), Japan, def. Albert Ramos, Spain, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1.
David Ferrer (1), Spain, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr., Russia, 6-4, 6-2.