Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (43m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez gained revenge for his defeat to Marwan ElShorbagy in his home country during last week’s Colombia Open by downing the Egyptian in straight-games to move into the semi-finals of the 2016 Windy City Open – the first time he has appeared in the last four of a PSA World Series tournament since the 2015 Allam British Open.
The traditionally flamboyant ‘Colombian Cannonball’ has become a crowd favourite all over the world but he played with discipline and composure, restraining from engaging in his now trademark high flying dynamics, in a performance that signals a return to his finest form as he deservedly set up a semi-final showdown with Marwan’s older brother and World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy.
A brutal rally at 4-4 in the third saw both men dragged around all four corners of the court as they put in a huge volume of physical work. It was Rodriguez who took the point with the work put in by ElShorbagy beginning to take its toll afterwards.
Shot Of The Match
A lengthy rally at 7-9 down in the their game was finished off in style by ElShorbagy when he hit a tight drop shot to put Rodriguez in difficulty before finishing off the rally on his next shot with a flat forehand crosscourt into the nick which was played with finesse and control which belied the technical difficulty of the shot.
Miguel Angel Rodriguez: “There was a little bit of wanting revenge in there but I had to be very focused.
“When you play an Egyptian player you expect to play for 70 minutes or more. I don’t think it was the best match I have played but I will take it – the win is the most important thing and I’m happy to be into my first semi-final here in Chicago.
“I tried to play a focused game, hitting my line and length and using lobs to avoid giving him any chances in the middle of the court, and it worked well and I’m happy.
“I’m playing the World No.1 now in the semi-finals. We haven’t played for a while so I hoe we will have a good match.”