ATP Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2013. The fifth Malaysian Open tennis championship begins on September 23. David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, Marcos Baghdatis, and defending champion Juan Monaco are the favorites to win the ATP Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2013 title. There are some potential dark horses of high pedigree too: Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic, Nicolas Almagro and Julien Benneteau. The absence of the fab four of men’s tennis from this indoor hard court tournament is in fact a blessing in disguise for both the players and spectators. The field is wide open, and competition is more evenly poised.
The Malaysian Open was started in 2009 as an ATP World Tour 250 event. It offers a prize money of $ 875,500. So far, the tournament has four different winners in four years: Nikolay Davydenko (2009), Mikhail Youzhny (2010), Janko Tipsarevic (2011), and Juan Monaco (2012). In all likelihood, ATP Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2013 will have a new winner. Ticket sales have started. There will be free admission as well for the first four days.
Ferrer has been in sparkling form throughout the year. Most of his defeats have come against the top-four players. He will fancy his chances in the absence of any higher ranked players. There are others, notably Wawrinka, Baghdatis, and Monaco, with a great record in hard courts.
Humidity is going to be big factor in this indoor tournament. Temperature in Kuala Lumpur is likely to touch 30 degrees Celsius. This is going to be a test of endurance as well as of tennis skills.