Kuala Lumpur: Unseeded Joao Sousa defeated fifth seed Julien Benneteau of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the Malaysian Open final on Sunday for his maiden career title -- the first ATP win for Portugal.
Sousa, 24, emerged as a giant killer in the event, earlier defeating top seed and world No. 4 David Ferrer in the last eight, and then fourth seed Juergen Melzer of Austria in the semi-finals on the indoor hard court.
"I don't know what to say right now. It is unbelievable," he said. "I have had so many breakthroughs this past two weeks (reaching his first final, beating a top 10 player and winning first title).