Tennis: Kyrgios out, Ferrer and Lopez in Malaysian showdownBy Bobricky 10:52 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 Comments
Top seeds David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez set up an all-Spanish affair in the final while volatile Australian Nick Kyrgios fell short of reaching his second professional final at the Malaysian Open on Saturday.
Ferrer recovered from a set down to overcome Benjamin Becker from Germany 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a 125-minute battle.
I needed to be more aggressive on the forehand and that worked for me in the second and third game,â€ the world number eight told reporters.
I have only played once before this tournament, but my fitness was good today and I hope to keep this consistency on Sunday.â€
Second seed Feliciano Lopez booked a berth in the final by defeating Kyrgios 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5).
The match was close and could have gone either way, but Iâ€™m proud of the way I played. I needed to be aggressive and was happy that my volleys and serves worked out well,â€ said the 34-year-old Lopez.
Lopez also dismissed any talks of retirement.
People have been asking me, when will you quit? I tell them I am not done yet, I take it one year at a time. As long as I stay healthy and can challenge the best in the world, I donâ€™t have a specific plan,â€ he said.
Despite his defeat, Kyrgios is nonetheless eyeing a higher ranking as he seeks to put this seasonâ€™s controversies behind.
The Australian, whose temper and crude on-court comments have earned him a â€œbad boyâ€ image, kept his emotions in check in Malaysia.
The seventh seed hammered 13 aces but struggled with Lopezâ€™s deft dropshots and volleys.
I was looking good today, but he came up with some ridiculous volleys today and you have to appreciate something like that,â€ said Kyrgios, who applauded some of the Spaniardâ€™s return winners on court.
It was a great game of tennis and he did enough to come away with the win.â€
Kyrgios made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year, but his play has been overshadowed by his behaviour.
In August, he was fined for his now-infamous on-court comment to Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup, a sexual slur concerning the Swiss playerâ€™s girlfriend that triggered widespread condemnation.
He faces a possible suspension of 28 days if he commits further transgressions.
I tend to get upset when something stupid happens, like when the linesman gets a line call wrong, but today was a really good game,â€ he said.
Now at number 41 in the world, Kyrgios is eyeing a move up.
I want to get into the top 32. Thatâ€™s my goal. Iâ€™m not the biggest goal-setter but Iâ€™m happy with my performance,â€ he said.
His career-high ranking is 25, reached earlier this year.
Iâ€™ll just have to get back up and keep competing again,â€ he said.
The only other final Kyrgios has reached was the Estoril Open in May, where he lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
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