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Power cuts world number one to shreds

31July2002

Jonathon Power has taken the Commonwealth title from his biggest rival, world number one Peter Nicol.

Jonathon Power

Jonathon Power who beat world number one Peter Nicol in a four game thriller

Power, of Canada, won the first game against title holder, and world number one, Peter Nicol, dropped the second but went on to win the third and fourth.

Nicol who had redeemed himself in the second couldn't captalise on his win and Power went on to win the third and the fourth where he got a clean sweep of 9-0.

On his winning performance Power said: Im pumped it was really exciting. I knew it would be tough and I was happy to get on top of my game early. I didnt, as I have done in some of my other matches, falter in the first game. I felt like I controlled the ball well in the first game. That was the deciding game.

On his game plan against his opponent: I wanted to twist and turn him. Hes very fast and very fit so I knew Id have to break his rhythm and stop-start him a bit. If you do that to anyone it takes a bit out of his legs. It was my attacking game and it was on today, thank God.

Power expressed his delight at getting the Commonwealth title: "Im pretty psyched about it. Its a title to add to my World Championships, British Open and the US Open all the titles Ive won. So its right up there.

Peter Nicol, who was representing England but is Scottish-born, said of his defeat: "Im very disappointed to be leaving without gold, but he played better than I did. I began to feel tired in the third and make mistakes. The crowd were fantastic and got behind me all the way, which was great and made me more determined to win, but he was more defensive than I was. I won gold four years ago in Kuala Lumpur for Scotland, but Im still glad to have changed teams despite only getting silver here.

Final result

9-4,4-9,9-3,9-0

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