Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-2 Chris Simpson (Eng) 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2 (73m)
First game, Daryl in control, 7/2 10/4 11/5, then the second, 4/0 for Chris, 6/2, and if Daryl gets a few points in, it’s still Chris in charge, 11/6.. The third is the same, a good start from Chris, 3/0, 3/3, and then it’s Daryl all the way, 11/4!!! And no mad tinning either, just a complete territorial control…
Fourth, we think that Chris is out, yeah right, 5/0, 7/3, 11/7 for Chris…
And same in the 5th, this time it’s Daryl again at the front, and Chris playing yoyo… 5/0, 8/1, 11/2…. I guess the huge match Chris played against Abou yesterday played a role in the 5th along with the hard work Daryl made him produce… But what do I know…
“I’m delighted, I had dinner with Chris last night and he and Adrian Waller both said how well he played yesterday. Abou has been out for a little bit, but they said it was such a high quality match, and I know I know what Chris is capable of quality-wise, it’s very high and the last few times we’ve played with we’ve always had a 3-2.
I think we’ve shared the spoils a little bit, so I knew it was going to be tough but he finished a bit later than me yesterday, so tactically I just wanted to start really fast, really strong and show him that he was going to be in for a hard game and if he had any stiffness or anything from yesterday, I wanted to try and expose that early on.
I did, so I was happy with the first but he changed his game really well. He’s a clever player and he slowed the pace down on me and used his racket skills and dominated the second. It was it was a weird match because we never actually both played well at the same time, I played well in the first he played well in the second.
I played well again in the third, he played well in the fourth and then in the fifth to win 11-2 is so nice because of the amount of nervous energy and stuff you have in a fifth game, for both of us it means a lot. This is a big opportunity for us for for two reasons, one because it’s a quarter-final of a World Series, but two, to play at the Pyramids.
I don’t think either us have ever played on that court and maybe the difference in the fifth was a little bit of fatigue, but also I really wanted it because I’m probably not going to get a chance to play on that court again and it’s so iconic in the world of squash. I just wanted to play on that court so much that I think that’s what drove me to really give everything in the fifth, and I’m so happy to win because it was a tough week last week for both of us in Tring. Both of us have played well this week, but I just I just really wanted to play on that court. Whoever I play, whether it’s Ali or Mazen will be a pleasure to play against an Egyptian on that court.
I’m happy with the rest day but mindset-wise, I played some good squash in that, I just need to be able to do it consistently and I’ve got nothing to lose. I felt like I played well against Ali in the US Open but he was exceptionally sharp as you could see throughout the tournament when he won 3-0 without dropping a game, so I just want to put in a good performance.
I want to enjoy it, soak up the atmosphere. I’m a hard English player, I get stuck in whatever. I’m not going to roll over, I’m going to get stuck into wherever I play so I’m looking forward to it.”