Germany’s World No.6 Simon Rosner was forced to call upon his mental resilience as he defeated Egypt’s World No.15 Zahed Salem in four games to reach his third successive FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships quarter finals.
The tall German finished runner-up to Mohamed ElShorbagy at the PSA World Tour Platinum event last season and he ensured he continued his progression at this year’s tournament with a strong 3-1 victory over 27-year-old Salem in their first meeting on the PSA Tour.
The Egyptian had defeated World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy earlier in the week, so Rosner ensured he was on his metal from the first point as he opened up a two-game lead. Salem battled back in the third, however, to take advantage of a lapse in concentration from the German but it was not enough to stop Rosner from claiming an 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 victory.
“I get my best results in the US and I enjoy it,” said 31-year-old Rosner afterwards.
“I’m glad I got through that even if it was a bit scrappy at times, especially in the third game where I was a bit impatient at times. He played really well then and I was happy to get my focus back in the fourth game and get through.
“I knew I was in for a battle. I watched a few games that he has played in recently because I had hardly got to watch him so far as we hardly get to play which is quite unusual for two top 20 guys. I had to get my head prepared and get my tactics right and I’m happy to be through.
“It’s great to have my wife and son here. The little one is only nine months old, I just got married so it’s nice to have them with me. It’s a very busy few weeks that we have just had and what’s coming up, so it’s nice to have a few days together.”
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-1: 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (57m)