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Müller celebrates a huge win

GC Cup: Local Hope Müller Delights Zurich Crowd To Down Cuskelly

Local hero Nicolas Müller came through an epic battle with Australian Ryan Cuskelly, ranked fifteen places above him on the World Rankings at No.16, to delight the capacity crowd inside Puls5 and move into the quarter-finals of the prestigious PSA M70 tournament during the first day of action today.

Müller lost out in the first round last year after an agonising battle with Ramy Ashour but this time he was on the winning side of a gargantuan battle, coming through from 2-1 down after 95 minutes of thrilling squash to win 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7.

Müller started strongly but saw his early first game advantage wiped out as Cuskelly came from behind to take the first. The local man, aged 26, levelled the match but saw momentum taken from him again in the third as Cuskelly surged forward once again.

But with the crowd behind him Müller staged a remarkable resurgence in the fourth game and held his nerve in the fifth to seal a huge win – his first main draw win on the PSA World Tour since January.

“The atmosphere was amazing here last year when I lost to Ramy but it was even better tonight and the crowd just pushed me so much, I don’t think I would have been able to do it without them,” said Müller.

“The first game I was up and had game ball and even though I lost I knew I had made him work a lot and in the third I was feeling good and the crowd was a huge push.”

Müller will now face defending champion Gregory Gaultier in the last eight after the French World No.2 began his bid to win the tournament for a second consecutive time with a 3-1 win over Malaysian qualifier Nafiizwan Adnan.

“I’ll go away and prepare myself for a big battle now on Friday,” said Müller.

After his match Gaultier said: “Last year was my first time playing here and I enjoyed it and won. I promised to come back so I wanted to live up to my word.”

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