Second round action at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur continues on Thursday, with top seeds David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Grigor Dimitrov each beginning their title quests.
After each enjoying opening round byes, Ferrer, Lopez and Dimitrov will headline the day’s play on Centre Court as they look to advance to the quarter-finals.
Ranked 17, the 34-year-old Lopez is once again enjoying one of the most successful seasons of his career during his twilight years on tour. It’s taken Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to knock him out of his last two tournaments at the quarter-finals stage - at Cincinnati and the US Open respectively.
With his confidence booming, Lopez will be confident of seeing off German qualifier Mischa Zverev - although it might not be so straightforward. Ignore Zverev’s current ranking of 248 for a second. The 28-year-old older brother of rising star Alexander recently qualified in Metz last week before advancing to the second round, where he stretched Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to three tight sets. He then made a beeline for Kuala Lumpur in the same week where he qualified once more and subsequently overcame Rajeev Ram in the opening round. Zverev has runs on the board and will fancy his chances of continuing his run here.
Dimitrov meanwhile will be hoping to kick-start an overall disappointing campaign this week in Kuala Lumpur, with the fourth seed taking on last week’s St Petersburg finalist Joao Sousa in the second round. It’s by no means a comfortable first match for the Bulgarian, with Sousa more than capable indoors - in fact, he became the first player from Portugal to win an ATP title when he captured the 2013 Malaysian Open, beating David Ferrer en route.
Speaking of Ferrer, the top seeded Spaniard closes the day’s play on Centre Court as he begins his tournament against crafty Czech veteran Radek Stepanek. The 36-year-old Stepanek is still a solid tour level player these days after overcoming injury problems, but you’d think the relentless Ferrer will have too much game for him in the end.
Elsewhere, there’s a fantastic opportunity for diminutive Moldovan Radu Albot to reach a first career ATP-level quarter-final when he takes on erratic Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin, while eighth seed Vasek Pospisil and entertaining Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis also do battle for a spot in the last eight.
Check out the full order of play for Thursday at the Malaysian Open below:
Starting at 1.00pm
Raven Klaasen/Rajeev Ram  v Rameez Junaid/Jonathan Marray
Vasek Pospisil  v Marcos Baghdatis
Mischa Zverev [Q] v Feliciano Lopez 
Not before 6.15pm
Grigor Dimitrov  v Joao Sousa
Not before 7.15pm
David Ferrer  v Radek Stepanek [PR]
Starting at 3.00pm
Phillip Oswald/Adil Shamasdin v Andre Begemann/Artem Sitak
Santiago Gonzalez/Philipp Petzschner v Treat Huey/Henri Kontinen 
Mikhail Kukushkin v Radu Albot