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Peter Nicol powers his way through to the final

30 July 2002

World number one squash player Peter Nicol has reached the men’s final as expected.

Peter Nicol

Nicol in a quarter final match with Graham Ryding

Nicol, who as well as being world number one, is also defending his Commonwealth title, beat Australian opponent David Palmer 9-7, 9-1, 9-5.

Nicol said of his victory passage into the final: “I was excited by that and I am ready for the final now. We both had to work very hard in that match, but I felt in control, which put him under pressure. He’s always complaining about the referee’s decisions. The support from the crowd has been amazing, which may have put him off a little. I came here to win, I want to win and I’m supposed to win.”

And on his potential clash with Jonathon Power in the final he said. “I’m fit and ready for the challenge. Jonathon talks rubbish most of the time.”

World number 3, and Australian number one, David Palmer said on his exit from the tournament: “The first game was the key and I should have won it. I found it tough to score points after that. I was trying to remain calm, but had a few tough calls and felt that the referee was against me from the start. He was harsh on lets and strokes and he was mumbling a lot. Peter took advantage of that.”

On Jonathon Power’s chances against Nicol he added: “I still think Jonathon will beat him, but it will be tough with the way that Peter played today.”

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