Juan Monaco of Argentina, the number two seed in the Malaysian Open, was first up on court for the day’s semi final encounters, against the third seed, Kei Nishikori of Japan.In a marathon encounter, Monaco finally prevailed in three sets 6-2 2-6 7-6 (4).
In a match that lasted two and three quarter hours, Monaco came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and took the first set quite easily 6-2. The second set went Nishikori’s way, even though he had the trainer on for a foot injury early on in this set, but after treatment he went from strength to strength, taking the set by the same margin 6-2. The final set was a closely fought contest with both players hitting some of their best shots of the match. After Monaco had saved a match point at 2-5, he went on to level the score at 5-5, with the set eventually going into a ‘breaker’. The Argentine managed to keep his composure and rallied to a superb 7-4 tiebreak and match win.
Monaco will play Frenchman Julien Benneteau in his fifth final of the year on Sunday and if he wins, it will be his seventh ATP World Tour tournament win.