Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet showed his resilience and hunger as he came from one-game down to get past tenacious South African opponent Stephen Coppinger in the first round of the 2016 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, PSA World Series tournament.
It was the South African who started the stronger as he edged the exchanges during the opening game to take it 11-7 and open up an early advantage but Castagnet showed just why he is a genuine top ten player as he responded positively, playing with composure and control and the relentless retrieving capabilities that epitomise his style, to overturn the deficit and take the match 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6.
“Steve is such a strong player and when I saw the draw I knew I had one of the toughest first round matches so I am very happy to win today,” said Castagnet.
“I tried to keep my focus and play my game and I’m delighted that it worked and I’m looking forward to playing in the next round.”
 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (59m)
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