Miguel Makes It Third Time Unlucky For
Selby At Bluenose
21 October 2013
RESULTS: PSA International 35 Fiera
Properties Bluenose Classic, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt  Daryl Selby
(ENG) 4-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 (58m)
Colombian squash star Miguel Angel
Rodriguez upset top seed Daryl Selby in the final of
the Fiera Properties Bluenose Classic to consign the
Englishman to runner-up of the PSA World Tour International
35 event at Saint Mary's University Homburg Centre in
Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia for the
third time since 2010.
Third seed Rodriguez, the world No16 from
Bogota, reached the final after upsetting Alister Walker,
the No2 seed from Botswana, in the semi-finals of the eighth
edition of the Bluenose Classic.
But after the Colombian built up a 3-0
lead in the opening game of the final, it was Selby, the world
No14 from Essex, who reclaimed the initiative - taking eight
consecutive points en-route to an 11-4 game one win.
Rodriguez (pictured above in Bluenose
action with Selby) changed his tactics in the second game,
and soon drew level after conceding just two points - an
achievement he duplicated in the third.
"In the fourth game, Rodriguez had so much
confidence in his drop, the first two points were secured in
drops executed in exchanges immediately after the serve,"
explained tournament spokesman Blair Cook. "Another three
perfectly-executed drops and Rodriguez grew the lead to 5-0."
Selby fought back to 4-7, but the
27-year-old from Bogota continued his dominance to close out the
match 4-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 in 58 minutes to win his first
Bluenose Squash Classic Championship.
"I didn't play badly today and played well
in the first game," said Selby later. "Credit to Miguel, he
played unbelievable squash after that. He upped the intensity,
and did it absolutely perfectly.
"I take my hat off to him, and he
definitely deserved to win."
When asked whether he was disappointed,
having lost in the finals now three time, Selby responded: "It
will definitely keep me coming back, however, one more loss and
it's not bad luck is it?"
Rodriguez pronounced the final as "one of
the best matches I've ever played".
"I was ready to play this match,"
continued the highest-ranked South American of all-time, who now
boasts 23 PSA World Tour titles from 31 final appearances.