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Throwback Thursday: Story of the Men’s 2017 U.S. Open

The first PSA Platinum tournament of the season will take place this week when the world’s best players descend on Philadelphia, America for the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.

Action begins this Saturday, October 6 with the action from the glass court LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player.

To get you in the mood for what is sure to be an enthralling week of squash, we take a look back at the story of last year’s men’s U.S. Open.

Round One
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-2: 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (86m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-4, 11-1, 11-13, 11-4 (46m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 (46m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 13-15, 11-4, 11-3 (52m)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 (33m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [5] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-2: 5-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9 (82m)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (42m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (44m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-7 (51m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4 (60m)
[Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (55m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (44m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 (31m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 14-12, 11-6 (39m)
Paul Coll (NZL) bt [1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8 (74m)
[8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (40m)

Mexican Cesar Salazar pulled off a huge upset in the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open as he downed former World No.1 James Willstrop to reach the second round of the tournament for the first time in his career.

The then-World No.19 showed impressive composure after he recovered from dropping the opening game to prevail in a mammoth 82-minute five-game encounter that saw the pair produce squash of the highest calibre.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Paul Coll pulled off one of his biggest victories after he knocked out then-reigning World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

Round Two
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [7] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8 (102m)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (48m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-2, 11-6 (93m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 11-1 (56m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (46m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-2: 12-10, 10-12, 7-11, 11-4, 11-1 (64m)
[8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 4-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (44m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (61m)

There was double delight for English fans in round two as Nick Matthew was joined by compatriot Daryl Selby with the pair set to clash for a place in the semi-finals following Selby’s mammoth 3-2 win over Tarek Momen.

Selby was at times sublime as he twice recovered from squandering game leads to come through a 102-minute battle. While, Matthew was in total control to dispatch Frenchman Gregoire Marche in straight-games.

Elsewhere, Peru’s Diego Elias downed Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy in straight-games to claim a quarter-finals berth.

[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 15-13, 11-2, 11-8 (50m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 12-10, 12-10, 11-5 (45m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 (70m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 (87m)

England’s Matthew, who was appearing in his last ever U.S. Open, showed the kind of mental grit and resilience that has epitomised his career as he grinded his way through a bruising 26-minute 15-13 opener against Selby, setting up the platform for a 3-0 win.

Matthew would go onto face Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy, the man he lost to in the previous year’s final, in the last four after he downed Germany’s Simon Rösner.

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 (49m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 14-12, 11-6 (45m)

Egypt’s Ali Farag defeated compatriot Omar Mosaad to mark his place in the U.S. Open final, alongside wife Nour El Tayeb who would compete in the women’s final, after he secured a straight-games win.

Farag comfortably came through the all Egyptian battle to secure a place in a World Series final for the first time in his career, where he would face Mohamed ElShorbagy who downed England’s three-time World Champion Matthew 3-0.

[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (49m)

Farag produced a masterclass performance to dethrone 2016 title winner Mohamed ElShorbagy in straight-games to secure his first major title and firmly establish his credentials as one of the elite players on the men’s circuit.

Farag’s title win was made even more special by the fact that his wife, El Tayeb, claimed the women’s title earlier in the day to make sporting history by becoming the first married couple to win the same major title on the same day.

“It’s a dream, especially that we have done it together on the same night,” said Farag.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better week and I hope that it’s the first of many to come together.

“I always believed in myself and this win is going to make me believe even more and hopefully I carry this momentum into future tournaments.”

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