19-year-old Egyptian Mostafa Asal overcame World No.5 Paul Coll in a dramatic five-game scrap in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza to reach a PSA World Tour Platinum semi-final for the first time in his short career.
Asal, an enigmatic two-time World Junior Champion, fought back from 2-1 in an absorbing contest to complete an 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10 victory after 103 minutes of action – sparking wild celebrations that saw him rip off his shirt and sweatband and throw them out of the court.
After an hour and a half,— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 14, 2020
paulcollsquash</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/mostafasal_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">mostafasal_ have just played the best rally of the tournament by far
Just look at the court coverage here!!!#SquashByThePyramids pic.twitter.com/covDMhjF9J
The match veered from the sublime to the ridiculous, with passages of expertly crafted rallies, incredible shot-making and superhuman retrievals making way for scrappy periods of play and plenty of discussions with the referee, with Coll accusing his opponent of blocking on a few occasions.
Coll kept his composure and didn’t get involved in any of the antics on court during the first half of the match, but his focus began to slip the longer the match went on and Asal ground out the victory to result in jubilant scenes.
Have you ever seen a celebration like this on a squash court?— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 14, 2020
mostafasal_</a> does the business after 104 minutes on court against <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcollsquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">paulcollsquash and he celebrated in a much different fashion to what we are used to seeing!#SquashByThePyramids pic.twitter.com/4VzaZFPmOw
“Everyone who is Egyptian plays like this in this country,” Asal said.
“The support of this crowd is unbelievable. Without them, it wouldn’t be like this.”
"How did he stay in that rally?"— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 14, 2020
mostafasal_</a> shows his retrieval skills in this rally, getting back everything that <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcollsquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">paulcollsquash could throw at him, and with interest#SquashByThePyramids pic.twitter.com/pWcNUqQWFQ
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt  Paul Coll (NZL) 3-2: 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10 (103m)