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Miguel Rodriguez

U.S. Open RD3: Rodriguez Downs Cuskelly

Colombia’s World No.9 Miguel Rodriguez secured his place in the quarter finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after defeating Australia’s World No.19 Ryan Cuskelly in straight games at Drexel University.

The last time the two players faced each other on tour was at the 2015 Qatar Classic, where Cuskelly secured a 3-2 victory in a mammoth 88-minute encounter and it looked as though this match might go the same way after a tight first game went in the favour of Rodriguez.

Rodriguez continued to push ahead in the second, but Cuskelly managed to stay in touching distance throughout the entire second game, with the Colombian looking as though he might struggle after rolling his ankle.

The 2018 British Open winner soon put that behind him though to carry on and press ahead to claim a 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 win in 55 minutes.

“It has happened to me many times [rolling his ankle],” said the Colombian following his victory.

“I don’t have ligaments there and that’s why I’m so flexible. It was very painful right away but the pain goes after two or three minutes. I had a bad injury in 2010 in Argentina where I broke two ligaments, so that’s why it’s so flexible and I was able to continue.

“I will always remember that match against Ryan in Qatar, he hit me with his racket under my eye. It’s always a tough match and I think he made the semi-finals there. Everyt time we play he gets better and I saw his match yesterday against Mathieu Castagnet.

“It was a tight game and I think after that physicality played a part and I was glad to close it out in three.”

[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 (55m)

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