Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez put in his best performance of the season so far as a fine performance from the World No.9 saw him dispatch Scotland’s Alan Clyne to reach round three of the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship held in Doha, Qatar.
Rodriguez struggled with an ankle injury at the U.S. Open and suffered a shock first round defeat at the Egyptian Squash Open last month to unseeded Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, but the 33-year-old looked like he was back to his best as he won 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 to reach the last 16.
Clyne stayed with Rodriguez well in the opening game as he tried to take the World No.9 to the front of the court, but Rodriguez ultimately prevailed and dominated the final two games to set up a third round fixture to extend his head-to-head record over the Scotsman to nine wins to Clyne’s one.
Rodriguez will play either No.14 Zahed Salem or World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal, with the two Egyptians set to square off later today.
“I think it was a great match, I was focusing on playing a fast pace and trying to be proactive on the court,” Rodriguez said.
“I was confident today, I wanted to change my strategy a little bit and didn't want to play long rallies with him. The last time I played him was in San Francisco and in the second game I was playing too defensively on the backhand side. But today I think it was a great performance for me, I'm very happy to win in three games.
“This is a long tournament and I'm very grateful to be in the last 16 of a World Championships again.
“It’s very important for the matches not to be too hard physically and mentally. It's a long week and I'm going to have a day off tomorrow, however I am going to come down to practice and will try and keep working on those because the court is very dead, especially at the back corners.
“I'm going to enjoy my day, watch some matches and prepare for my next match.”
Rodriguez’s win means there will be two South Americans in the last 16 of the men’s World Championship for the first time after Peru’s Diego Elias booked his round three spot yesterday.
"I was confident today, I wanted to change my strategy a little bit and didn't want to play long rallies with him."— PSA World Championships (@PSAWorldChamps) November 10, 2019
MiguelSquash</a> after he beat <a href="https://twitter.com/Clynesquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">Clynesquash to book his RD3 spot in Doha#PSAWorldChamps pic.twitter.com/5HBM3oB6k4
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (29m)