Sousa sets up Benneteau clash
Joao Sousa stands between Julien Benneteau and his first ATP Tour title after both men upset top seeds to advance to the Malaysian Open final.
Portugal's Sousa stunned top seed David Ferrer of Spain to reach the last four on Friday and continued to upset the odds on Saturday by ousting Austrian fourth seed Jurgen Melzer in three sets, winning 6-4 3-6 6-4.
It will be a first final for Sousa, who recently reached a career-high ranking of 77 this week after getting to the semi-finals in St Petersburg last week.
The 24-year-old told atpworldtour.com: "It's my first final... I just feel great.
"It's going to be tough... I'm going to give 100 per cent tomorrow to win the title here, for sure. [If I win] it will be good not just for me, but for my country, Portugal."
Hoping to spoil the party will be Frenchman Benneteau, who was beaten to the Rotterdam Open title by Juan Martin Del Potro in February, and the fifth seed in Kuala Lumpur also outperformed a higher-ranked opponent in Stanislas Wawrinka.
The second-seeded Swiss found himself outgunned by 31-year-old Benneteau, who whipped in three aces to win 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes.