Peruvian World No.7 Diego Elias avenged his 3-2 defeat against World No.11 Joel Makin during last month’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, beating the Welshman in straight games to reach the quarter-finals of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family for the first time.
Elias has been in fine form recently after winning the Motor City Open and reaching the semi-finals of the Canada Cup earlier this month and he displayed the skills that have long seen him heralded as a future contender for the sport’s biggest prizes to complete a 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 victory over his in-form opponent.
Elias had to dig in at times as Makin’s impressive retrieval abilities saw him extend the rallies and force Elias into a lot of running, but the Peruvian’s superior racket skills saw him take a closely-contested opening game on the tie-break.
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The second soon followed, with Elias dominating and pulling Makin from pillar to post. The 23-year-old controlled the centre of the court superbly and soon went six match balls up in the third, although Makin was able to rattle off a succession of points to come within two points.
A stroke ball after a loose shot from the Welshman then put an end to his mini resurgence though as Elias booked his spot in the last eight where he will take on either World No.2 Ali Farag or 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad in the next round.
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“I lost to him in New York and it was tough for me,” Elias said.
“I really wanted to win today, I had a good game plan and I did it pretty well until 9-3 in the second and 10-4 in the third. I think that was the right game plan, I need to recover now and recover for Monday.
“We stopped a lot of times and the ball got cold, he started to go into the front well, and I think I lost my head a little bit, but I’m glad I could close it out.”
As well as his father [Jose Manuel Elias], Elias also has former World No.1 Jonathon Power in his corner and praised the effect the pair are having on his results.
“I think he [Power] knows how to play every type of player, so that helps a lot,” Elias said.
“Having my dad and Jonathon in my corner is the perfect team for me. I think it’s worked pretty well up to now.”
 Diego Elias (PER) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (48m)