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WindyCity Update: Rösner Fends Off Tenacious Lee

Simon Rösner required six match balls to see off the challenge of a tenacious Max Lee during their second round match at the 2016 Windy City Open in which the Hong Kong number one refused to accept what seemed to be a nailed on Rösner win.

The powerful German came out like a freight train in the first game to open up an early 6-0 lead as Lee cut a sluggish figure on court, seemingly feeling the effects of a lengthy first round battle with Gregoire Marche.

A series of errors from the racket of the World No.7 allowed Lee to salvage some credibility in the opening game, as Rösner took it 11-7, before he quickly doubled his lead courtesy of an 11-4 second game.

World No.15 Lee mounted an incredible resurgence in the third game, digging in deep to halt Rösner’s charge, saving his first match-ball when 10-9 down to take the third game and he counted to play at a furious pace at the start of the fourth.

After seeing his first opportunity to seal a quarter-final berth go to waste Rönser raised his own game and re-established control, surging ahead to 10-5. But with four match balls against him Lee again mounted a remarapkle fightback and let out a huge roar when he levelled the game at 10-10.

But it proved to a bridge to far for the 28-year-old as Rösner stood firm to regather himself and take the next two points and the match to immense relief.

“At the end of that fourth game I was just thinking ‘Why can’t I get one point and get off this court’,” said Rösner.

“He wasn’t moving well at the start but then he just found his rhythm and his running shoes and it became a hard match. At 10-5 up in the fourth when he came back to 10-10 it got very edgy because who knows what could have happened in a fifth game.

“I knew he would be tired from his first round match coming in so I tried to play my high paced style and make it fast to exploit his movement but I’m just really happy to get through in the end.

“I’m still feeling quite good physically so I’ll try and use my rest day well tomorrow to be able to compete at my best level on Monday.”

[5] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10 (61m)

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