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Ali Farag celebrates reaching the Windy City Open quarter-finals

Windy City Open QFs: Farag on Form to Dispatch Elias

World No.2 Ali Farag put in one of his best performances in recent months to overcome World No.6 Diego Elias, completing an 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 victory to book his place in a third successive Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family semi-final.

Farag was on fire right from the off as a series of lengthy rallies looked to suit the Egyptian, who sent Elias into all four corners of the court, with the Peruvian breathing heavily early on.

The second game followed quickly for the former World Champion, who stormed up the court and hunted the ball down at any opportunity.

He was tested by his opponent in the third as Elias finally put some work into Farag’s legs, while a series of stoppages due to refereeing decisions looked to work in Elias’s favour.

But Farag was able to absorb what Elias threw at him and held his nerve to seal a win which will see him take on either current World Champion Tarek Momen or Spain’s Borja Golan.

“There were a lot of stoppages in the third, which definitely favours him,” Farag said.

“It’s no secret that I put in the work at the beginning of each game, tried to tire him out if I could and then ran away with a few points and took advantage in the first two. Then with a lot of stoppages, refereeing decisions, a lot of court services, it wasn’t really in my favour.

“If you don’t do it [hunt the ball down] he will do it and I will be on the back foot. Diego is very good at moving the ball around, very smart, moves very effortlessly on court, and I do think we have many similarities in our game.

“I’m very happy with the progress in my head, maybe my squash is not the sharpest yet, obviously I was hitting the back corners well but the front two corners I could have exploited more.

“I kept my focus for the entire three games, which is something I haven’t done for a while now, but to be able to do it even with those weird things that happened in the third, I think I can go home very happy today.”

Result
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [6] Diego Elias (PER) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (49m)

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