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Nantes Open Men's SF Roundup: Simpson and Marche Set Up Final Clash

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England’s Chris Simpson and Frenchman Gregoire Marche will go head-to-head in the final of the Men’s Open International de Squash de Nantes, PSA M25 tournament after they rose to respective wins against Tom Richards and Daryl Selby at the Cité Internationale des Congrès.

Simpson, the number two seed, faced off with Richards in a thrilling spectacle that saw both players bring a vocal crowd to their feet. With the scores level at 1-1 after the first two games, Simpson eventually managed to gain momentum and he took the third and fourth games without reply to wrap up an 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 victory.

Marche capitalised on a slow start from the Englishman to go a game to the good, and put in a sensational display in the second to double his advantage, coming out on top of a series of exciting rallies.

The 26-year-old’s onslaught continued into the third as the man known as ‘The Acrobat’ dictated the tempo of the match and he made very few errors to blitz to the win by an 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 margin – claiming his first win over Selby in the process.

“That was maybe one of my best matches,” said Marche.

“I think I played pretty well from the beginning to the end. I don’t know if he was 100 per cent today, but I did the job and I think I played my game. I was really focused and I had my game plan from [coach] Thierry Lincou.

“He gave me a lot of advice today and I’m really happy to win 3-0 like this because it means my level is improving. I have never beaten Daryl before, so it’s a great win.”

2016 Open International de Squash de Nantes – Men’s Semi-Final Results
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [1] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (48m)
[2] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [3] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 (51m)

2016 Open International de Squash de Nantes – Men’s Final Draw
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Chris Simpson (ENG)

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