David Ferrer had an easy job, while Kei Nishikori delivered a great comeback to book a spot in 2012 Kuala Lumpur quarterfinals.
Top seed David Ferrer came a step closer to his sixth ATP World Tour title of the season. He entered the Malaysian Open quarterfinals after dealing with Alex Bogomolov Jr. in straight sets. The Spaniard missed four breaks points before clinching his opponent’s serve in the ninth game. 90th-ranked Bogomolov, who squandered his only break point opportunity in the set at early 1-0 lead, was helpless to prevent 2010 Kuala Lumpur semifinalist from serving out the opener with a love game. In the second set, Ferrer got himself in a comfort zone as he took a 4-1 lead with a two break advantage. The Russian closed in on World No. 5 after the following game, but dropped his third service game of the set, allowing Ferrer to take him out in style with another game to love. End score: 6-4, 6-2 for the Spaniard who is facing unseeded Dutch Igor Sijsling in the last 8.
No break point chances were generated during the first set of the Nishikori-Ramos clash. Unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos has proved to be the less nervous of the two players in the tie-break and took a one set lead. His momentum lasted until he grabbed his third-seeded adversary’s serve for a 2-1 advantage. The rest of the set was a one-man Japanese show as Nishikori collected five consecutive games to equalize the score. He extended his magnificent run for additional five games in the decider, putting the match beyond any doubt. Ramos avoided the bagel, but that will not bother Nishikori who has set up a quarterfinal match against Nikolay Davydenko with a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1 triumph.