Top seed David Ferrer sent crashing out of the Malaysian Open after semi-final defeat to Julien Benneteau
Top seed David Ferrer was dumped out of the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open by Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
Last Updated: 29/09/12 2:02pm
Benneteau will face second seed Juan Monaco in Sunday's final after a 6-4 6-1 victory - his first over a top 10 player this year.
Ferrer, who looked sluggish from the start, had no answer to Benneteau's brute force, losing in 97 minutes.
Benneteau has reached six finals this year and lost the lot and he will face a tough task against Juan Monaco, who has had the best year of his career.
Monaco beat No 3 seed Kei Nishikori before winning 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-4).
"I was talking to my coach earlier today and told him I have not beaten a top 10 player this year," said Benneteau.
"It was a close match at the beginning but I found my form in the second set to get the victory. I had some problems with my second serves and will have to correct that in the final."
Ferrer said: "I gave it my all today but Julien was just too good. I have my chances in the first set but failed to capitalise. The second set was actually quite close, despite the score. He just took his chances to close out the match."