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An acrobatic Rodriguez gets low against Alan Clyne

Colombia Update: Crowd Favourite Rodriguez Downs Clyne

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Colombian No.1 Miguel Angel Rodriguez came through a banana skin fixture against Scotland’s Alan Clyne in round one of the inaugural 2016 SquashColombia Open to reach the quarter-final stage in Cartagena and keep up local hopes of having a home winner.

The lead changed hands multiple times throughout a frenetic 98-minute encounter with all four corners of the court being hit with regularity during a series of heart-pounding rallies. After seeing Clyne fight back from a 2-1 deficit to draw level, Rodriguez recovered brilliantly and eventually prevailed with an 8-11, 13-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2 victory.

A great display of mental fortitude saw Clyne claw his way back into the match to take the fourth but Rodriguez, buoyed by his home crowd, eventually pulled through in the fifth to wrap up the win and set up a quarter-final encounter with Egypt’s Marwan Elshorbagy.

Result – First Round: SquashColombia Open 2016
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 8-11, 13-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2 (98m)

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