Every year the NetSuite Open takes place in the magical city of San Francisco. A great and charming city to play squash!! In the first round I was up against the Mexican Cesar Salazar who imposed all of his talent and managed to take me to a decisive 5th game where I had to pull out all of my physical strength and experience.
They were 70 minutes of pure speed, adrenaline and mental strategy that led me to conquer the match in the end. In the second round I faced an experienced Cameron Pilley who played some of his best squash and proved why he was once amongst the top 11 players in the world. They were 108 mentally draining minutes!!
The Aussie had 2 match points in the fourth but in a dramatic and exciting tie break I was able to overcome the score and win. On the fifth he came back strong and steady until we reached 7 all and I managed to avoid making any mistakes to finally take the match. In the semis, once again, I had the challenge of being up against the #1 seed, Nick Matthew. He was also coming from a tough match and I thought it was my chance to finally beat the number #2 in the world and reach the final of a 100k for the first time. Unfortunately during the first game I was uncomfortable on court and felt misplaced. It was over after 6 painful minutes!!
On the second one I came back focused and determined and I won 11-9. On the third and fourth games his precision and strategy took over the match and I lost 11/5 11/6. I wasn’t able to go as deep as I wanted to control the T and in the end it was a well deserved win for the Englishman who fell 3-1 in the final against Ramy Ashour the following night.