23 September 2013
International 70 Abierto Mexicano de
Raquetas, Toluca, Mexico
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5,
11-5, 11-7 (50m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt
 Borja Golan (ESP) 6-11, 11-8,
11-6, 11-5 (56m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt 
Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 7-11,
11-8, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6 (79m)
France's world No2
Gregory Gaultier survived 'one of
the toughest matches I ever played' to
beat Mohamed Elshorbagy and
retain the PSA International 70
Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas squash
title at Alameda Park in
It was the climax
the crowd surrounding the all-glass
court was hoping for - one featuring the
event's top two seeds and one which went
the full distance.
Gaultier reached the final - the 52nd of
his career - after ending the brave run
of unseeded Colombian Miguel Angel
Rodriguez in the semi-finals.
Egyptian Elshorbagy faced top-ranked
Spaniard Borja Golan in the other
semi in what was the pair's seventh
meeting in the past five years. The
22-year-old from Alexandria extended his
head-to-head tally to 5/2 after beating
the third seed in four games.
looking for his first win in six
meetings with the Frenchman, took the
opening game - then the third for the
loss of only three points after Gaultier
But the top seed
exerted his authority in the next two
games, ultimately closing out the match
7-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6 after 79
minutes to keep the title in his grasp.
"It was long and a
tough game - we both gave everything we
had," said champion Gaultier, now with
24 PSA titles to his name, afterwards.
"Mohamed was always ahead in the match
but I managed to come back to win 3/2.
"We played with
great spirit and determination. It was
one of the toughest matches I ever
played, especially here with the high
altitude and Mohamed playing so well!
"I am thankful to
the organization, sponsors, my coaches
back home and my family," added the
30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence. "Next,
San Francisco in few days!"
unequivocal about how his 13th PSA Tour
final figured in his all-time
performances: "I gave it all and thought
I had him when I was 4-0 up in the
fourth ... but I got over excited and he
used a lot of experience to get out of
it," said the world No6. "Overall, I'm
happy with my start of the season!!
"Greg telling me
after the match that it was one of the
best matches he ever played - for me,
that was THE best match I have played!
"Now I will go
back to the UK and have 10 good days of
training for the US Open and the
"I want to
congratulate Greg today for his
performance ... and I wish him luck in
San Fran - not that he needs it!!
"I also want to
thank the squash Delta family for taking
care of us here like last year - they do
such an amazing job!!"