Gaultier and Rösner fighting for Zurich title!

"I had to dig deep and forget about that 3rd to concentrate for the 4th. I'm happy to beat Omar. I'm hoping to come out fresh against Greg tomorrow and give it all", Rösner said (pic: Irena Vanisova)

Number 1 seed Gregory Gaultier, the French World No.3, will take on German World No.10 Simon Rösner in the final of the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, in Zurich’s Puls 5 venue.

The Frenchman will be gunning to collect the 29th PSA World Tour title of his career against the German powerhouse, who’ll be competing in his 15th final. Gaultier is the favourite after reaching the final without dropping and leading the head-to-head 19-1 over Rösner.

Gaultier secured his place in the final with an error-free display against World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez, preventing the dynamic Colombian from using his pace as he dictated proceedings from the very first point to the 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 victory. “I’m really excited to be into another final and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,” said Gaultier. “All credit to Miguel as he’s done really well this year but I guess it was my day today and I’ll go now prepare myself as best I can and hopefully I’ll be able to do my best to win another trophy tomorrow”, he added.

Rösner came through a 95-minute battle with World No.9 Ashour conquer Omar Mosaad in a battle of hard-hitting giants. After a 2:0 lead in games Mosaad was able to parry 3 match balls from the German to shorten the games deficit, but Rösner came back strong in the 4th to take the 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6 victory and his place in the final. “It’s quite hard to get your head around leading 2-0 and being so close to winning and then not finishing it off,” said Rösner.

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [5] Simon Rösner (GER)

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (51m)
[5] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [6] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6 (95m)