Egyptian 23-year-old Ali Farag produced another big scalp in the 2015 PSA Men’s World Championship by downing World No.7 Simon Rösner in a superb spectacle to reach the quarter-final of the sport’s most prestigious event.
Farag, who upset Hong Kong’s Max Lee in the previous round, found himself on the end of a knee injury a short way in to the match which, after a lengthy break, seemed to disrupt his rhythm as Germany’s Rösner went a game to the good.
The points ebbed and flowed in a tight second game with a multitude of breathtaking, high-octane rallies entertaining a large crowd at the Meydenbauer Center. It went all the way to a tie-break with Farag prevailing on this occasion to bring things level and the Cairo-born star celebrated with a roar of unbridled emotion.
Game four was an incredibly close affair with both players matching each other point-for-point in an engaging matchup. Some excellent work at the front of the court enabled the rangy Egyptian to negotiate a bit of breathing space and he managed to complete a fine victory by a 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 scoreline to seal his spot in the last eight.
“I’m absolutely delighted, I can’t find the words to express how happy I am,” said Farag.
“I saw the World Championship draw when I was at the US Open and I knew that I had a good chance in every match if I played well and now I’m in the quarter-final. Only three more to go.”
“I’m glad to have [Amr] Shabana in my corner to keep me focused after the injury. The first thing to do was to work on the physical side to let the blood stop. Shabana has a lot of experience in how to deal with these situations and I’m happy to get through.”
The seven-time PSA World Tour title winner, who graduated from Harvard University last year, got a standing ovation from the crowd alongside Rösner and he says that it was a gratifying experience.
“People enjoying our games is our fuel. To feel appreciated is the best thing in life, especially when you’re an athlete and you see everybody is enjoying it. It feels like the hard work is paying off finally.”
Farag will take to the court against either Gregory Gaultier or Karim Ali Fathi in the quarter-final and will go into the encounter as one to watch after another scintillating performance.
Result – Third Round: PSA Men’s World Championship 2015
Ali Farag (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 (78m)
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