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02/10/2012
CARACAS OPEN 2012
 

Rodriguez Marks Historic Tour Win In Caracas

Rodriguez Marks Historic Tour Win In Caracas

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Isiven PSA Caracas Open, Caracas, Venezuela

Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez added a further chapter in squash history when he beat Robertino Pezzota in the final of the Isiven PSA Caracas Open to become the first winner of a PSA World Tour title in Venezuela.

The top-seeded Colombian number one reached the 29th final of his career - and his fourth in a row in five weeks - when he overcame Argentina's Hernan D'Arcangelo in straight games in the semi-finals of the PSA Challenger 5 event at the Caracas Theater Club.

His opponent, a newly-ranked qualifier from Argentina, made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals where he defeated Matthew Serediak - the No3 seed from Canada - in straight games.

Pezzota, a 29-year-old born in Rosario, opened his account against Rodriguez in impressive style, taking the opening game against the favourite ranked more than 400 places higher!

But Rodriguez reclaimed the upper hand, closing out the match 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 in 47 minutes to win his third Tour title this year, and the 21st of his career.

1st round:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Cameron Stafford (CAY) 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
Joe Chapman (IVB) bt [Q] Richard Prieto (VEN) 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 (21m)
Andrew McDougall (CAN) bt [Q] Wilfredo Arcia (VEN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (14m)
[4] Hernan D'Arcangelo (ARG) bt Karamatullah Khan (PAK) 13-11, 11-3, 11-7 (40m)
[3] Matthew Serediak (CAN) bt Fabio Cechin (BRA) w/o
[Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt Colin Ramasra (TRI) 11-4, 11-1, 11-1 (20m)
Anderson Cardona (COL) bt [Q] Juan Pablo Sanchez (VEN) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
[2] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt Rodrigo Pezzota (ARG) 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (72m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Joe Chapman (IVB) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (20m)
[4] Hernan D'Arcangelo (ARG) bt Andrew McDougall (CAN) 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-2 (44m)
[Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt [3] Matthew Serediak (CAN) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (42m)
Anderson Cardona (COL) bt [2] Joan Lezaud (FRA) 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 13-11 (106m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [4] Hernan D'Arcangelo (ARG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (37m)
[Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt Anderson Cardona (COL) 11-3, 11-4, 11-1 (25m)

Final:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (47m)