Day one of main draw action at the 2018 Montreal Open saw French qualifier Baptiste Masotti upset second seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in a thrilling five-game spectacle at the Club Sportif.
Masotti, making his debut at the PSA M25 tournament, matched Al Tamimi stride for stride in the opening two games, with a series of tins from the Qatari World No.35 ultimately being the difference as Masotti opened up a two-game lead.
Al Tamimi fought back in the third and fourth games to level and looked to be on the verge of winning after Masotti injured his leg at the end of the fourth.
But 22-year-old Masotti, the World No.79, refused to be beaten and showed an iron will as he fought through the pain barrier to record a surprise 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8 victory to earn his place in the quarter-finals.
Germany’s Raphael Kandra lies in wait after the World No.42 dispatched India’s Ramit Tandon in straight games and he will be joined by top seed Borja Golan in the next round, with the Spaniard claiming a 3-0 win over Chris Hanson to set up a last eight clash with Arturo Salazar.
Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi is also through courtesy of a 3-0 triumph against tournament wildcard David Baillargeon, and his reward is a fixture with Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan for a place in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson dispatched Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre in straight games to ensure that he will take on United States No.1 Todd Harrity in the quarter-finals.
Results – First Round: 2018 Montreal Open
 Borja Golan (ESP) bt Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-6
 Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) w/o
 Todd Harrity (USA) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-0: 15-13, 11-5, 12-10
 Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-8
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [WC] David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
 Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] Jesus Camacho (MEX) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
 Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [Q] Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-9
[Q] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt  Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8
Draw – Quarter-Finals
 Borja Golan (ESP) v  Arturo Salazar (MEX)
 Todd Harrity (USA) v  Campbell Grayson (NZL)
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v  Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
 Raphael Kandra (GER) v [Q] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)