KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- World No. 77 Joao Sousa completed his dream week in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday after claiming his first ATP tour title in Malaysian Open.
"It is amazing, I feel like living in a dream," said the 24-year-old Portuguese after defeating world No. 33 Julien Benneteau of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The 31-year-old Benneteau broke Sousa twice in the first set, but failed to make good use of a champion point when leading 5-4 in the second set, which became the turning point of the match.
Sousa tied the match and his momentum continued in the final set when he broke Benneteau in the opening serve. Sousa saved several brake points by the end of the set to secure his first ATP title in a more than two-hour match.
Sousa had an astonishing week in Kuala Lumpur, defeating No.1 seed and World No. 4 David Ferrer, world No. 27 Jurgen Melzer on the road to the trophy.
Benneteau was in the Malaysian Open final for the second consecutive years but again failed to claim his first single's title.
In the men's doubles final earlier, American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen claimed the trophy by defeating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Argentinian Horacio Zeballos in straight set 6-2, 6-4.