September 26, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Fourth-seeded Julien Benneteau of France beat fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Malaysian Open on Friday.

Benneteau is bidding to reach the final for a third straight year. He has yet to win an ATP singles title.

He broke Cuevas four times, and took 2 hours, 19 minutes to prevail at Putra Stadium.

He will face either second-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia or Benjamin Becker of Germany, who played late Friday.

Also scheduled was U.S. Open finalist and top-seeded Kei Nishikori against Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

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