Round of sixteen of the 2017 Men's World Team Championship starts at noon. In Salle Vallier venue, England will face Switzerland. Follow the action on this page.
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ENGLAND 3-0 SWITZERLAND
The day begins at Salle Vallier with an England Switzerland tie. Both teams met each other last event at Mulhouse in 2013 and the British won 3-0. The Swiss will try to overcome this powerful and experienced team.
#2 : James Willstrop 3-0 Dimitri Steinmann (11-6, 11-9, 11-3) - 32 min
Today, the matches order are 2, 1, 3 and it’s James Willstrop and Dimitri Steainmann who opened the show. The players never met before and as expected Willstrop won without losing a single game.
In the first, both players watched each other but it’s Willstrop who manage to win 11-6. Much harder for the Englishman in the second with a great start from Steinmann 5-1. However Willstrop reminded us of the gap in the PSA rank between the two players and won 11-9. The final game saw WIlltrop take the advantage and give the first point to England !
“We’re making sure that we’re well prepared to face each team." James Willstrop
#1 : Nick Matthew 3-2 Nicolas Mueller (9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7) - 53m
Quite a surprise here in Marseille. Nick Matthew, World #5, was facing Nicolas Mueller World #27 and everyone was expecting a victory for Nick Mathhew. But quickly in the first two games the Swiss took the advantage with quality squash, leading 2-0. However, Nick Matthew is what he is, he managed to gain confidence through his team and won the third 11-8. The fourth game is a quick one and we're at 2-2.
Following this momentum, Nick Matthew seemed to be heading to a victory. Nicolas Mueller kept going and got back in the game 5-5 ! But "The Wolf" wanted to finished the match and finally won this exciting game !
"The team stuck with me mentally, I wasn’t feeling confident and Nicolas played really well. The coach and the guys helped me stay positive. I was moving a little bit slow and Nicolas is a very quick and dangerous player. I need to improve for tomorrow." Nick Matthew
#3 : Adrian Waller 2-1 Reiko Peter
Played in 3 because the match was already won. Adrian Waller finished the job. England in quarter-finals !
Photo galleries (Nathalie Goossens / Philippe Rochais)