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Rodriguez Beats Illingworth in Argentinian Finals
May 5, 2010, by Howard Harding © 2010 SquashTalk.com , Independent News; SquashTalk LLC
(updated 6-may-10 9:37 )
Rodriguez Takes Tortugas Title
Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez emerged victorious in the final of the Tortugas Open between the event's top two seeds to win the $18,750 PSA World Tour squash title at Tortugas Country Club in Tortuguitas, Argentina - successfully defending the crown he won in the last staging of the event in 2005.
The event favourite from Bogota faced second seed Julian Illingworth, the 26-year-old six-time US national champion from New York.
Rodriguez took advantage of a nervous start by the New Yorker to take a two-game lead.
But Illingworth regained the initiative from the beginning of the third and led throughout to reduce the deficit.
However, the Colombian sped to a 10-2 lead in the fourth and, despite twisting his ankle at this point, held his nerve and fought off the pain to clinch a remarkable 11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10 victory after 56 minutes.
Rodriguez, the 24-year-old world No32, was celebrating his 20th Tour final - and now the 13th title triumph of his career.
RESULTS: Tortugas Open, Tortuguitas, Argentina
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt  Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7 (75m)
 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt  Eric Galvez (MEX) 11-8, 13-11, 3-11, 12-10 (80m)
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt  Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10 (56m)