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Baptiste Masotti

Masotti Through to Austrian Open Semis


French number four seed Baptiste Masotti vanquished local hopes of seeing a home winner of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament after a 3-1 victory over second seed Aqeel Rehman.

Masotti had the better of the early exchanges and opened up a one-game lead before Austrian Nationals Champion Rehman levelled things up after battling his way into contention.

The momentum shifted back in Masotti’s favour as he took the third before falling behind to a resilient Rehman in game four. World No.112 Rehman built up a game ball and looked destined to take the match into a deciding fifth, only to squander it as Masotti edged the win over the line to secure an 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 13-11 victory.

Masotti will meet Portugal’s Rui Soares for a place in the final, who progressed after his opponent, qualifier Rudi Rohrmuller, retired from the match while holding a 2-1 lead due to illness.

Meanwhile, top seed Sebastiaan Weenink and England’s Joshua Masters are set to face off in a mouth-watering semi-final showdown. Weenink came through a five-game thriller against Auguste Dussourd, while Micah Franklin was put to the sword as Masters continued his fine displays thus far.

Results – Quarter-Final: Austrian Open 2016
[5] Rui Soares (POR) bt [Q] Rudi Rohrmuller (GER) 11-9, 6-11, 3-11, ret. (40m)
[4] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt [2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 3-1: 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 13-11 (46m)
[3] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [7] Micah Franklin (BER) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (50m)
[1] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) bt [6] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-2: 5-11, 11-4, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (59m)

Draw – Semi-Final
[5] Rui Soares (POR) bt [4] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[3] Joshua Masters (ENG) v [1] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED)

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