Miguel Angel Rodriguez goes for a trademark dive in the 2015 NetSuite Open
Throwback Thursday: Watch ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Rodriguez at His Acrobatic Best
The inaugural 2016 Colombia Open, PSA M100 tournament is set to become the most lucrative squash event ever to be held in South America next week and features Colombian hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez who will have local hopes on his shoulders as he looks to ride the wave of fervent home support in his efforts to claim the title.
World No.6 Rodriguez is one of the most entertaining and athletic players on the PSA World Tour and has delighted many spectators with his outrageous speed on court and trademark dives.
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With the ‘Colombian Cannonball’ set to star on home soil, we thought we would look back at some of Rodriguez’s most jaw-dropping shots and performances that have embodied his 14-year career on the PSA World Tour.
This encounter with current World Champion Gregory Gaultier in last year’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions quarter-final was so good that we thought we would give you the whole match.
Rodriguez came into the fixture having failed to even take a game of the World No.2 in their previous five meetings but managed to pull off a display that reinforced his credentials as one of the world’s leading players.
A gruelling battle with the recently retired Peter Barker preceded his match with Gaultier and Rodriguez had to show industry as well as flair to negotiate this exceedingly difficult match.
Keep an eye out for a typically flamboyant dive from the 30-year-old that leads Barker to tin his next effort.
This 2015 Allam British Open quarter-final clash between Rodriguez and Momen featured a feast of attacking artistry and dynamism from both players in a contest that brought an enraptured crowd at Hull’s Airco Arena to its feet.
It didn’t take long for Rodriguez to perform his famed acrobatics and, despite losing that particular point, there was plenty more to come from the man from Bogota.
Rodriguez went head-to-head with former World No.9 Laurens Jan Anjema in this high-octane face off which featured arguably the greatest of Rodriguez’s renowned dives.
He looked to be down and out after Anjema played a deceptive boast but some acrobatics from the Colombian saw him come back into the rally before he lit up the court with a stunning back-hand drive into the nick on his very next shot.
November 2015 saw Rodriguez become the first ever South American to reach the quarter-final stage of the PSA Men’s World Championship where he met England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop who was coming off the back of one of the greatest upsets in World Championship history when he defeated current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the previous round.
Rodriguez may not have won this match but still showcased his explosive speed and unparalleled athletic ability to retrieve a number of Willstrop’s best shots in a highly engaging tie.
For more rip-roaring squash from Rodriguez, head to SQUASHTV where you can watch some more stunning matches involving the 26-time PSA World Tour title winner – including the 2015 NetSuite Open quarter-final.
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