Egypt’s World No.1 Ali Farag marched through to the last 16 of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after he overcame English No.1 Daryl Selby.
The 2017 U.S. Open champion ensured his tournament got off on the right foot as he eased past Selby by an 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 scoreline in 38 minutes.
The experienced Englishman gave it his best effort and forced Farag to work hard for his victory but the form of the Egyptian shone through in the end to claim a last 16 berth.
He will now face Selby’s compatriot Adrian Waller for a place in the quarter finals after he defeated Declan James at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
“I’m feeling good,” said World No.1 Farag afterwards.
“For some reason for me I feel like it is the first tournament of the season. I feel like I haven’t played in so long, but I played in China and reached the final, but I just had this strange feeling today that I’m about to start something from the beginning.
“I think I dealt with it well, I knew that I had to start sharp. I’m in my comfort zone when Nour is there with me and knows how to talk me down. Playing against Daryl is such a tough draw as well, it’s never easy. He’s experienced, knows how to mix up the pace well and never lets you settle.
“I’m happy that I managed to stay sharp until the end and to get the win in three.”
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (38m)