Joao Sousa downs top seed David Ferrer in Malaysian Open quarters

The unseeded Portuguese beat Ferrer 6-2, 7-6 to clinch his first ever victory over a top five player.

updated: September 28, 2013 10:50 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: Unseeded Portuguese player Joao Sousa clinched his first ever victory over a top five player when he defeated top seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open on Friday.

Sousa, given special exemption from the organisers to skip the qualifying rounds after reaching the semi-finals in St. Petersburg last weekend, justified their faith in him by beating Ferrer 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) in 98 minutes.

The 24-year-old was denied a match point opportunity when he served for victory at 5-4 in the second set, before rallying from a 4-6 deficit in the tie-break.

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