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Farag celebrates the win

GC Cup: Farag Overcomes Slow Start To See Off Simpson

Ali Farag produced a performance of note as he came from a game down to see off Chris Simpson in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Grasshopper Cup and move into the last four of the PSA M70 tournament where he will harbour hopes of reaching a second PSA M70 final of 2016 – having already secured the Motor City Open crown this year.

The Egyptian started slowly against Simpson, who earned his place in the last eight courtesy of a superb 3-0 victory over Mathieu Castagnet, and soon found himself down on the scoreboard as Simpson took full advantage, attacking at every opportunity to edge the opening game 11-9.

Farag responded well in the second as he improved his length and played with greater variation from the back court and he was rewarded as he took the game 11-6 to level the scoreboard, but with the match tied it looked to be there for the taking for Simpson and he started well in the third.

But Farag continued to move up slowly through the gears and managed to pull away in the third, taking it 11-7 before then storming out to a 5-0 lead in the fourth. While Simpson manage to mount a mini comeback Farag's class told in the end as the World No.11 cruised into the last four.

“Chris is very disciplined player and has a very solid game plan,” said Farag.

“When I matched him he was better than me so I tried to mix it up and change the pace because down the line he is very good. I am happy with how I focused after the first and with how I came through.

“It was not comfortable at all – he kept pushing and made it very tough throughout the match. Every opponent is so tough inside the top 30 – anyone can beat anyone – hopefully next match I will feel more in control on court.”

[7] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (54m)

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