Egyptian number four seed Marwan ElShorbagy moved into the quarter-finals of the 2016 Grasshopper Cup courtesy of an impressive straight-games victory over tenacious Scotsman Alan Clyne in Zurich today.
In a nip and tuck opening game it was ElShorbagy who edged the crucial encounters to get the early scoreboard momentum behind him but he was soon fighting from behind in the second as Clyne attacked and used his rapid court coverage to pressure ElShorbagy and counter at every opportunity.
Down by three points the Egyptian, now based in Bristol, England, fought back in a crucial period of play to overturn the momentum and take the second game 11-9. From then on it was Elshorbagy who controlled proceedings as he cruised through the third game 11-5 to set up a last eight encounter with Cameron Pilley.
“That second game was very important,” said ElShorbagy.
“He played much better than he had in the first and I think I started to lose my length a little. He was putting my under a lot of pressure and I had to work very hard to win it – it could have been a different match if I hadn't come through that one.
“Winning in three is important because it helps me conserve energy for tomorrow. Pilley is a great player and we've only played once a long time ago so I want to make the most of the match tomorrow.
“It's my first time here in Switzerland and Zurich is a great city and all the people are really nice. To have crowds like this form the first round is what we want as players.”
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (42m)