Wales’ World No.12 Joel Makin twice came from behind to take out World No.6 Diego Elias in round two of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.
Going into the encounter, Makin had never beaten Elias in their three previous meetings, with their last match coming at the U.S. Open earlier this season when the Peruvian walked away with a straight-games victory.
However, the Welshman proved today that he was a contender for the top eight players as he showed his mental resilience to keep battling back against Elias after he twice went ahead in the 78-minute encounter before Makin turned things around in the fifth to advance in Grand Central Terminal.
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He faces former World No.1 James Willstrop in the next round for a place in the quarter finals of the PSA Platinum event.
“If you’re outside the top eight then you can get these draws at any time,” said Makin.
“I’ve had two of those in a row now but if I want to get up to the top eight then I have to start beating those guys and do it anyway, I’m glad I did that and hopefully the draw has opened up a little bit. It’s still tough against James [Willstrop] being a quality player and he won this tournament ten years ago.
“I’m always trying to work on my quality but I think exposing him with my pace is what I’m going to do well, so I need to do that and put a few more variations in and work on that, I think that’s what I need to do now.”
Joel Makin (WAL) bt  Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (78m)