French No.2 Mathieu Castagnet overcame former World No.5 Borja Golan in a lengthy battle in the quarter-final of the 2016 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York’s Grand Central Terminal – reaching the last four of a PSA World Series event for the first time in his career.
Castagnet, who came through a brutal five-game encounter against Max Lee in the previous round, claimed a tight first game that saw a number of attritional rallies play out in front of the crowd before the beginning of the second was punctuated with lets and an error-strewn performance from Golan.
“I did my best yesterday to recover quicker. I did a great job today so I’m really happy.”
Castagnet goes on to face Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy for a place in the final and he expressed his excitement at making his first World Series semi-final appearance against the man who reclaimed his place at the summit of the World Rankings earlier this month.
“I can’t believe it,” he enthused.
“I don’t think I’m going to sleep tonight. I might need another day off to make sure that I am in good shape for the semis! I’m trying to forget it.”
“I’m going to try to sleep and think of something else so I can prepare for my match. It’s not finished yet – I need to prepare for the next round and try to reach the final by beating the World No.1.”
Result – Quarter-Final: Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016
 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-4 (72m)
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