Former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad is into the semi-finals of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family after coming through a gruelling battle with Germany’s Simon Rösner at the University Club of Chicago.
This was the first meeting between the pair since their clash at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York, where they went to five-games, in an intense 90-minute affair. Gawad made it five consecutive victories, Allin quarter-finals, over the ‘German Tree-Chopper’, with this being the third straight 3-2 win.
The first two games were complete opposites, with Rösner holding the momentum in the first, before Gawad showed his skills in the second, with the pair winning a game each 11-3, seeing the scores level at 1-1.
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It was the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ that then took his first lead of the match after a review that seemed to fluster the World No.7 He took full advantage, winning eight of the next nine points to secure the third game, moving 2-1 ahead.
However, it was the German that came back in the fourth, as he allowed Gawad to take just three points, levelling the match one more ahead of the deciding fifth and final game.
The fifth was littered with decisions, and ended up being very scrappy, with Gawad able to get through it the better. He held on to the lead he took early to win in five games, the match lasting 70 minutes. He will now face either New Zealand’s Paul Coll or compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy in the last four on Tuesday evening.
“It was very tough. We played a lot, Simon and I, and we always have fair and tough battles, with most of them going to five games. We played at the TOC [Tournament of Champions], and that was a 90-minute 34-2 battle.
“He makes the court really small, and I find it very hard to hit winners, and when I play cross-courts, he makes me run across the court because he can volley everything.
“It is tough to have another battle tomorrow after a tough battle with Simon today, but I have a great team behind me and they do a great job to make sure I am ready for tomorrow.”
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-2: 3-11, 11-3, 11-6, 3-11, 11-7 (70m)