Former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad is through to the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York after he came through a tight five-game battle with Germany’s World No.7 Simon Rosner.
The last time the two players faced each other was at last year’s British Open, which also went to 89 minutes like today’s encounter, with Gawad also prevailing in five on that occasion.
Rosner tested the former World No.1 to take a one game advantage in a free flowing first game, before traffic issues began to halt the momentum of the rest of the match with a lot of referee decisions playing their part in a stop-start match.
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Gawad drew level in the second, before Rosner once again pressed ahead in the third to regain the lead. Referee decisions continued to interrupt the flow of the match before Gawad closed out a 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 victory and reach his second successive semi-final in New York.
“I’m really happy to be through,” said the former World No.1.
“Simon played really great squash today. He hit amazing winners from all corners today, I was under pressure for the whole match and I really wanted to push and win today to reach the semi-finals. I’m glad I did and I’m glad I’m in the semi-finals and get to play in front of such a great crowd.
“He was reading me really well today. All of the shots I was playing, he was there waiting for it, so I tried changing a little bit in the second game and the other games, I tried playing some crosscourts and not push him a lot in the front corners, because he was moving really well and reading my game well. Another tough battle with a great player like Simon. It’s always tough and nice playing him.”
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-2: 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (89m)