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Friday September 28, 2012

Falla hoping to win first title in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Alejandro Falla of Colombia has yet to win a singles title in his career and he’s hoping that his good run in the Malaysian Open will end in glory.

The 28-year-old Bogota resident started the year in style, beating then world No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in the second round of the Australian Open in January.

His giant-slaying run continued in the Wimbledon in June, when he defeated another American, world No. 10 John Isner, in the first round.

He reached a career high ranking of No. 48 for his exploits, but his journey has yet to deliver him a place on the podium in the ATP Tour.

“I have been playing good tennis this year and, with six more tournaments to go in the year, I think I will just get better,” said Falla, who is now ranked 61st in the world.

In the second round of the Malaysian Open yesterday, Falla took the scalp of fourth seed and world No. 19 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win.

For a player who favours the hard-court, Falla will have to make full use of the surface to his advantage when he faces Frenchman Julien Bennateau in today’s quarter-final.

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