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Simpson celebrates in Zurich

GC Cup: Sumptuous Simpson Downs Castagnet

England’s Chris Simpson produced a performance of note as he downed World No.7 Mathieu Castagnet in straight games during the opening day of action at the 2016 Grasshopper Cup in Zurich.

Lengthy, testing rallies dominated the early proceedings as the duo probed for weaknesses throughout a game that went all the way to the tie-break before Simpson narrowly edged it to gain the upper hand on the scoreboard.

With little to choose between them the pair again exchanged points throughout a back and forth battle in the second with Simpson’s ability to read Castagnet in the front corner proving to be decisive as he again edged it 11-9, a scoreline he would repeat in the third, to seal an hugly important victory for the Englishman.

“Mathieu and I are the same age but that was only our second match on the PSA World Tour so it was nice to play him as it was a new challenge,” said Simpson.

“The last time we play the beat me in five and I was two-up and those kind of matches scar you and you don;t forget them. He’s made a massive surge in the rankings recently and been playing very, very well and I’m trying to chase that and today I was very happy with how I played.

“I started a little slow but after I woke up I felt like my game was on form and my tactics worked well.

“I’m playing Ali (Farag) now and I think he’s shown that he is one of the fastest rising talent on the tour and he’s been up there amongst the top layers i the world but I’m looking forward to it. These are the players and that matches that I want to be competing in so I’m looking forward to it.”

Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-0: 14-12, 11-9, 11-9 (63m)

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