Scottish International Open: Brett beats Foster to retain title

Nicky Brett
Nicky Brett also beat Paul Foster in the final last year

Nicky Brett became the first man to defend the Scottish International Open title in a repeat of last year's final win over world number one Paul Foster.

Englishman Brett will rise above fellow Englishman Robert Paxton into second place in the world rankings after beating the Scotsman 5-10 9-6 2-0.

Brett told BBC Two Scotland: "To say the least, I'm pretty much overwhelmed.

"The last time I spoke to my father, I said the next one's for you, so that's the one."

Nicky Brett
"Paul dominated maybe three-quarters of the game. But, in the end, I played a couple of good ends and won the title."

Just like last year, Foster made the pace early on in Perth, racing into a 4-0 lead and maintaining his dominance to win the first set 10-5.

Foster, a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist in Glasgow this summer, again found himself 4-0 up in the second, but scoring three shots at the fourth end revived Brett's hopes.

From that point on, the Englishman ground his way back into the game to force the match into a tie-break.

"No-one in the world bullies people like Paul does," said Brett, praising Foster's ability to start matches on the front foot.

"He is relentless and you just have to keep hanging in.

"It works some of the time but not all the time and I am going to have to learn to win the way Paul does.

Paul Foster
Paul Foster was playing Nicky Brett in the final of the Scottish International Open for the third year running

"He dominated maybe three-quarters of the game. But, in the end, I played a couple of good ends and won the title."

Foster, who defeated Brett in the 2012 final, had spoken after his semi-final win over Paxton about his annoyance at losing a 6-2 lead in the second set a year ago.

"I am obviously disappointed to lose," said the Scot. "I have to learn to close games out.

"At 6-5 up in the second set, I made the biggest mistake of my life.

"But well done to Nicky - he's a great champion. It's very difficult to come back and defend a title.

"Nicky played two great tie-break ends."

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