Egypt’s World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy is through to the third round of the PSA Men’s World Championship 2019-2020 after fighting back to defeat Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in four games.
The pair had met five times on the PSA World Tour before, with the Egyptian having won their previous four meetings, while Mueller was looking for a first win over the ‘Jackal’ in six years.
It was the Swiss No.1 who started the quickest, as he won the first eight points of the match with some terrific winners into the front left corner, something that would be a sign of things to come over the course of the match.
He won the first 11-5, but from then on, ElShorbagy was able to turn the match around, and impose himself on the Swiss star. He held a lead throughout the second game, taking it 11-9 to tie the match, before then changing his game-plan slightly to keep the ball away from the middle of the court.
That worked, as he won the next two games in a more comfortable manner to book his spot in the third round of the tournament, setting up a clash with compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar on Tuesday evening.
“Nicky started the first game really well and he came out firing. It was a big test coming back from that first game because I had to find a way to get myself into the match,” ElShorbagy admitted.
“I had to do something, because he could have just played like that for a good three games and I would have lost the match. I am glad that I fired myself up and I found a rhythm. I found my game and I think I started to control the match from about halfway through the second game, and I played really well after that.
“I tried to get myself back into the match. I was 8-0 down and I still managed to win a few points. I did not want to give up the game, and I was actually happy with the way I did play at the end of the first. All credit to him, he came out firing, and although I expected him to play with that pace, I did not expect him to hit so many winners.
“I am glad I have a day off, I will practice some more on the court. The conditions have changed, it is a little bit colder out there. I need to practice on there tomorrow and I will then be playing Mohamed [Abouelghar], who I have played so many times in my career. We know what to expect from each other.”
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (40m)