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El Gouna Update: Mossad Moves into Semis

Hard-hitting Egyptian Omar Mosaad set up a quarter-final clash with Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the El Gouna International after coming through in straight-games against tenacious Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet.

The last time the pair met it was Castagnet who prevailed, winning the final of the Canary Wharf Classic in a physically punishing encounter and the dup picked up where they left off in the Red Sea Resort with the first game along lasting a gargantuan 33 minutes.

It was Castagnet who seemed to be playing better of the two and found himself with game ball in hand at 10-9. After failing to convert the first attempt Castagnet then squandered three further game balls in what turned out to be the crucial period of the match as Mosaad rallied again and again before profiting from two back-to-back errors from the Frenchman to take the opening games from under the most of Castagnet 15-13.

The second game was an extension of the first, with long medium-paced rallies dominating the play, but it was Mosaad who pulled away from Castagnet, who was becoming increasingly agitated with the referees ruling on no-lets, as he was punished over a dozen times, sometimes harshly.

Castagnet’s focus then seemed to disappear completely in the third as Mosaad stepped on the gas to storm home and move into the last eight.

“Playing tonight in front of Egyptian crowd I tried to make sure I gave 100 per cent,” said Mosaad,

“The first game was very important so I tired very hard to win that and that was very important. I was happy to win that game and win the match.

“Mathieu is very strong physically and mentally. I tried very hard to push and finish in three – hopefully I can play well again tomorrow.”

[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-0: 15-13, 11-4, 11-4 (61m)

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