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ElShorbagy delighted with the win

GC Cup: German Charge Halted By ElShorbagy

Egyptian Marwan ElShorbagy upset the seedings to halt 2015 runner-up Simon Rösner in the semi-finals of the 2016 Grasshopper Cup and move into the PSA M70 final without having dropped a single game so far in over 140 minutes of action.

The 22-year-old World No.12 dispatched Alan Clyne and Cameron Pilley to reach the last four and put in a controlling performance to make life difficult for the powerful German who was struggling to back up from his gargantuan efforts to down Gregoire Marche in a 86 minute quarter-final.

ElShorbagy started strongly, playing with patience to extend the rallies in the opening game and force Rösner into an arduous physical battle and it paid dividends, as after holding off a late charge from the man from Paderborn that saw him force a tie-break, ElShorbagy held firm to take the first and from then on controlled the pace and the match.

Rösner continued to battle hard in the second but ElShorbagy gradually edged further ahead at set up what was a foregone conclusion from the middle of in third in a performance that will leave the big German feeling disappointed with how the match got away from him.

“I tried to make the first game as long as possible and that worked in my favour today,” said ElShorbagy.

“It was a long game and I think it took a lot out of him and I got more confident throughout. I’m pleased with how I have played here, I haven’t dropped a game do far but there’s still one match to go so I’m going to give it my all tomorrow.

“Greg is the World Champions – he’s a great player. Every time I go on court against him I make the most of it – I enjoyed it today and I want to keep enjoying being on court and loving every single second on court and that’s the plan for tomorrow as well.”

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 15-13, 11-7, 11-5 (58m)

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