KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)—Rajeev Ram of the United States moved into the second round of the Malaysian Open by beating Australian wild card Omar Jasika 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Tuesday.
Ram will next face top-seeded Kei Nishikori, who reached the U.S. Open final this month and had a first-round bye in Kuala Lumpur.
“I’ve played Nishikori a couple of years ago in Newport and I actually happened to win. He’s obviously been playing awesome — reaching the finals of the U.S. Open is a fantastic achievement. Hopefully it will be a good match,” said Ram after his win.
Also, seventh-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain beat Gregoire Burquier of France 6-2, 6-4, Philipp Petzschner of Germany defeated James Ward of Britain 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), and Go Soeda won an all-Japanese match against Kento Takeuchi 6-2, 6-1.
In a late match, No. 126-ranked Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France beat 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7).
In an all-Australian match, Marinko Matosevic edged Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) in a tight 93-minute encounter. Both men served well, with the 19-year-old Kyrgios racking up 11 aces and Matosevic hitting seven, but careless mistakes by Kyrgios in both tie breakers were costly.
“He's beaten Nadal this year, so I knew it'd be a tough match," Matosevic said. "It was my first match since I played Federer at the U.S. Open. I thought I was a little rusty, but I served well today. I'm happy to win in straight sets.”
Kyrgios accepted a wild card into the doubles draw with Malaysian youngster Syed Mohd Agil.
“I got beaten. Marinko played well, I thought he served well," Kyrgios said. "He's improved a lot. I didn't play very well, but all credit to him. (The doubles) is going to be exciting, going to be a lot of fun.”