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Mohamed ElShorbagy

Tournament of Champions Final: ElShorbagy Beats Momen and Regains World No.1

Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy came from a game down to beat World Champion Tarek Momen to be crowned the 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winner and regain his World No.1 spot in the process.

Last year on the same court, ElShorbagy finished runner up to compatriot Ali Farag and in the process surrendered his place at the top of the World Rankings.

However, fast forward 12 months and ElShorbagy cut a determined figure on court in New York as he advanced to the final without dropping a game before coming from behind against World Champion Momen to take the first PSA World Tour Platinum title of the year and once again become World No.1.

Momen, who took out defending champion Farag in the semi-finals, edged a tight first game before ElShorbagy struck back and despite a knee injury, which saw him take an injury break when he was 8-5 up in the fourth, he pushed through the pain barrier to close out a 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 victory to lift his third Tournament of Champion title.

“To win the trophy for the third time is an honour,” said ElShorbagy afterwards.

“To have your name beside all the great champions that have won the event it’s the kind of moment that I live for. I said before the season started that my main goal was to get back to World No.1 and to achieve this on the same court that I lost the World No.1 last year it’s a great feeling. There is no better venue than here that I would have wanted it to happen and I’m really proud.

“This is a moment for my mother and father, they have sacrificed so much in their lives. I always want to make them proud.

“Tarek is a great champion and the way he has been playing the last two to three years, the matches we have been playing as well – to become World Champion it’s something you remember for the rest of your life and something that no-one can take away from you. I was happy he achieved it because he deserved it. All of our generation – me, Ali [Farag], [Karim Abdel] Gawad and him have done it.

“The crowd has been amazing the whole week and it wouldn’t have been as special without them.

“Rodney Martin has been completely changing my game and how I think about the game. I wouldn’t have survived the way I did today without him.”

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (76m)

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