Best buddies Simon Rösner and Nicolas Mueller faced off in the second round of the Manchester Open on Saturday evening, with the German ‘Tree-Chopper’ coming out on top.
Rösner was looking to maintain his 100% record over his good friend, having won their previous ten encounters on the PSA World Tour. He started strongly by taking the first four points of the match, but the Swiss No.1 fought back to take the next six. The German would eventually run out he winner of the opening salvo, taking the advantage in the clash.
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Mueller fought back in the second from an improbable position, winning the last five points in exhibition style. Rösner then took a similar run of points to win the third game, before sealing victory on a decision at the end of the fourth.
“We know each other’s game inside out, but then, this summer when he was in Paderborn, we didn’t get to play each other once. People probably think we have been playing every day but it hasn’t been like this,” Rösner said.
“It seems like he reads my game like an open book. I tried to mix it up from the front especially, but he seemed to be in the right spots very often. I don’t know if I didn’t hide it well, or if he just guessed well, but I am happy I got through it.
“I had a lapse in the first game when I was 4-0 up, and I had a lapse in the second game when I was 9-6 up. These are the things I don’t like to see anymore, so I need to really work on that.”
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (52m)