German No.1 Simon Rösner got the better of Peru’s Diego Elias in testing conditions at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo, to leave all four players in Group A in with a shot of qualifying ahead of their final matches later this week.
With the match being the latest so far this week, finishing just before midnight local time, there was more moisture in the air, and both players felt the effects of that on court, with the front left corner being particularly conducive to droplets of sweat and dew.
After Elias had won the first game 11-7 thanks to some fast-paced squash, he suffered a slip in that very area early on in the second game, and he started to unravel. Meanwhile, the ‘German Tree-Chopper’ was able to keep his calm and play his natural game.
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After taking that all-important second, the World No.8 started strongly in the third game. The ‘Peruvian Puma’ threatened a comeback, but another slip, this time seeing him fall to his haunches, got into his mind even more, and Rösner was able to close out the match with relative ease.
“I think I did well. Being 1-0 down is never easy. I was happy that he lost his head a little bit, which played into my hands. I was happy that I was able to stay focussed throughout.” The German explained.
“That was a big aspect of the game to not let myself get distracted through the situation so I was happy to get those last two games to win the match.
“I was able to get myself back into the game. Even though there was no rhythm to the game. I was able to stick in there, that is the big plus from tonight. It is always good to get a win because it gives you some self confidence and playing somebody like [Karim Abdel] Gawad, you have to be full of confidence, so hopefully that will help me for the next match.”
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt  Diego Elias (PER) 2-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)