KUALA LUMPUR – Rajeev Ram of the United States will be hoping for a repeat of his past feat when facing Japan’s world No. 8 Kei Nishikori in the second round of 2014 ATP Malaysian Open Tennis Championship.
In 2012 Newport ATP world tour, Ram had beaten Nishikori 7-6(6), 6-3 in the quarter-finals but lost to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in the semi-final.
“I had played Nishikori once… and I won the match. I think he was awesome and also a very fantastic achiever. In a few years, he became world no 8… hopefully we will have a good match tomorrow,” he told reporters after his first round match.
US Open losing finallist Nishikori, who is also the top seed in the tournament received ‘bye’ in the first round while Ram defeated 17-year-old Australian Omar Jasika 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the tournament at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here today.
Ram said Jasika did well in the first set when he lost 4-6 but in a second and third set he come back to fight and seize the victory.
“For me the court surface is a little bit slow. It was like a dead court but all the indoor courts are similar, the ball did not bounce… but after the first set I got my momentum back,” he said.
In another fixture, Philipp Petzschner will meet second seed Ernests Gulbis of Latvia after the German had a tough games and upset Britain’s James Ward 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).
Third seed Leonardo Mayer of Argentine will meet Jarkko Nieminen after the Finn (Nieminen) beat qualifier Philipp Oswald of Austria, 6-1, 6-2. – Bernama