It’s quarter-final day at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur with top seeds David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic and Nick Kyrgios all in action.
Starting the Centre Court proceedings on Friday are the controversial Kyrgios and the towering Karlovic. It’s been a turbulent last few months for Kyrgios, highlighted by Wimbledon tanking accusations and his crude taunting of Stan Wawrinka in Montreal.
He lost three consecutive matches since the Wawrinka incident and missed Australia’s Davis Cup semi-final against Great Britain. However he has returned to winning ways in Malaysia, where he has family heritage. Kyrgios hasn’t dropped a set en route to the last eight, dismantling Tatsuma Ito in his last match. The 20-year-old has played Karlovic once already this year, registering a four-set victory at the Australian Open. Kyrgios will be gunning for just his second semi-final of the year.
Next up Spanish second seed Lopez takes on Canadian eighth seed Vasek Pospisil. Coming into this tournament on the back of one of his best form runs that has seen Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as the only players to conquer him over the last month, Lopez advanced to the quarter-finals with a straight sets win over qualifier Mischa Zverev. Pospisil meanwhile was made to work hard in posting a tough three-set win over Marcos Baghdatis in the second round.
Dimitrov will then attempt to progress to the final four when he takes on unseeded German Benjamin Becker. Dimitrov started slowly in his first match in Kuala Lumpur before finishing strongly to knock off former Malaysian Open champion Joao Sousa on Thursday. Becker has two solid victories to his name this week, overcoming big-serving Aussie Sam Groth before upstaging sixth seed Jeremy Chardy in three sets.
Top seed Ferrer will then close the day’s play against erratic but talented Kazakh No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin. Ferrer was his usual workmanlike self in a 7-5 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek in his opening clash, while Kukushkin has been clinical in two straight sets wins so far, never dropping more than three games in a set.
Check out the full order of play for Friday at the Malaysian Open:
Starting at 2.15pm
Nick Kyrgios  v Ivo Karlovic 
Not before 4.30pm
Vasek Pospisil  v Feliciano Lopez 
Not before 6.30pm
Grigor Dimitrov  v Benjamin Becker
Not before 8.30pm
David Ferrer  v Mikhail Kukushkin
Starting at 3.00pm
Andre Begemann/Artem Sitak  v Treat Huey/Henri Kontinen 
Eric Butorac/Scott Lipsky  v Frantisek Cermak/Radek Stepanek