Sousa Wins 1st Title In Kuala Lumpur, Raonic Improves World Tour Finals Standing in Bangkok
ATP Kuala Lumpur
Joao Sousa is at a career high ranking of 52 after taking his first career ATP title 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 over Julian Benneteau. The title is also the first ATP title for a Portuguese player. Benneteau is once again a runner-up, dropping to 0-9 career in ATP finals. He had a match point in this one, but unraveled shortly after.
Sousa has had a tremendous year and a great past couple of weeks: he beat Ryan Harrison, Pablo Cuevas, David Ferrer and Jurgen Melzer as an SE here. Benneteau beat Michal Przysiezny, Pablo Andujar, Adrian Mannarino and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen took the doubles title over Pablo Cuevas/Horacio Zeballos.
Milos Raonic helped his chances to qualify for the world tour finals with a 7-6, 6-3 final victory over Thomas Berdych in Bangkok.
Raonic beat Marinko Matosevic and Feliciano Lopez, then Richard Gasquet in the semis to reach the final. Berdych beat Roberto Bautista-Agut, Rendy Lu and Gilles Simon.
With his 5th ATP title, Raonic is now just 180 points behind Jo Wilfried Tsonga for 10th place in the World Tour Finals.
Jamie Murray and John Peers took the dobules title over Tomasz Bednarek/Johan Brunstrom.