Malisse reached the championship match with an upset of top seed Rafael Nadal. He needed just over an hour to dispatch Koubek, 6-1, 6-3.
"You're always going to have a lot of confidence after beating a player like Nadal. But you have to watch out as well," said Malisse. "In the past I've beaten great players and kind of relaxed the next match. I think I've matured in that way, and I knew I had to be ready for the finals."