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BritOpen Update: Rösner Defeats Simpson in Brutal Battle


German No.1 Simon Rösner had to dig in to his energy reserves to overcome World No.22 Chris Simpson in a gruelling five-game contest, overturning a 2-1 deficit to move through to the quarter-final stage of the 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament.

A composed display from Rösner saw him claim a one-game advantage, before fatigue set in and Simpson took the next two. World No.9 Rösner, who has been suffering with an illness recently, battled back heroically in the fourth and fifth games to grind out an 11-8, 10-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4 victory to stretch his unbeaten run over the Englishman to five matches.

Simpson rallied and looked to be on his way to levelling proceedings after surging 7-4. However, Rösner responded by mixing up the height and pace of his shots to amass a game ball but an attempted volley drop on the backhand struck the tin at a crucial moment to hand Simpson a lifeline and the 28-year-old from Guernsey punished Rösner to bring the match back to all square on the tie-break.

The third was another extremely close encounter with Simpson’s tactic of elongating the rallies against an ailing Rösner paying dividends as a succession of errors from the tall German saw Simpson creep ahead once more to go a game to the good. The momentum of the match then shifted again at the beginning of the next game and this time it was Simpson’s error count that was on the rise as Rösner wiped out his lead to level the match and he followed that up by closing out the fifth to triumph in an exhausting 95-minute face off.

Result – Second Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
[7] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) ) 3-2: 11-8, 10-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4 (95m)

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