After watching World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy crash out of the competition, Frenchman Gregory Gaultier took on the mantle of PSA Dubai World Series Finals title-favourite with aplomb to defeat Miguel Angel Rodriguez and move into the title-decider, where he will be hoping to lift the trophy for the third time in his career.
The 33-year-old, who won the season-ending tournament in 2008 and 2009, has been in scintillating form all week and continued to play at a ferocious pace as he set the tone for a title-match with Cameron Pilley – the Australian whom he blasted off court during the round robin pool stages earlier in the week.
“I felt good on the court, it’s my first time playing at night so I had to adapt and change my routine today,” said Gaultier.
“I was playing patient and trying to be smooth and not go too hard because he likes the fast pace. He’s a machine with a big engine compared to me, I just tried to stick the ball well to the side walls then create opening and go for my shots.
“I have played so many finals compared to Cameron, I played him in the pool but he seems to have improved his game since we played. He showed he can beat the world number one so he’s going to be a real danger tomorrow. I’m going to prepare the best I can to get the win and close the season with a win.”
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 2-0: 11-7, 11-7 (30m)