Kuala Lumpur R2 previews and picks: Ferrer vs. Stepanek, Pospisil vs. Baghdatis

The Grandstand

Pospisil 1David Ferrer will kick off his Kuala Lumpur campaign on Thursday against fellow veteran Radek Stepanek. Vasek Pospisil and Marcos Baghdatis are also aiming for a place in the quarterfinals.

(1) David Ferrer vs. (PR) Radek Stepanek

Ferrer and Stepanek will be facing each other for the 11th time in their careers and for the first time in three years when they collide in the Malaysian Open quarterfinals on Thursday. The head-to-head series stands at 7-3 in favor of Ferrer, who has won four in a row at the Czech’s expense. The Spaniard has prevailed twice in the Davis Cup final; 8-6 in the fifth set at home on clay in 2009 and in straight sets on the indoor hard courts of the Czech Republic in 2012. This will be their first meeting on an indoor hard-court ATP tournament since they squared off for the first time back in 2004…

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