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Tarek Momen under the lights in Doha

Qatar Classic SFs: The Stats & How To Watch LIVE

The semi-finals of the Qatar Classic take place today, with action beginning at 16:00 (GMT+3) at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha as the as the last four aim to reach the final of the PSA Platinum event.

Two men who have tasted success at this venue before will go head-to-head in one semi-final, while the other features two players who are making their first appearances in the last four of the Qatar Classic.

Paul Coll and Fares Dessouky have never made it to this stage of the tournament before, while Ali Farag will take on Tarek Momen, with boatmen having won a title here in the last couple of years. Farag is the defending Qatar Classic champion, having won the event in 2018, while Momen lifted the World Championship trophy at this very venue last year.

You can catch all the action live from the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on SquashTV, and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian sub-continent only).
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT+3)

The first semi-final of the evening pits New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll against Egypt’s Fares Dessouky, with both men playing in the semi-finals of the Qatar Classic for the first time in their careers.

The pair have met six times, most recently at the Manchester Open in September, with the Kiwi No.1 holding a healthy 5-1 advantage over his Egyptian counterpart. They have never met at the semi-final stage of a tournament before, and Dessouky has not beaten the New Zealander in over three and a half years.

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Dessouky has had the easier run through to the last four in Doha, spending almost an hour less on court over his three matches. He got the better of World No.8 Simon Rösner and Spaniard Borja. Golan in straight games, before having to go to five against the young Youssef Ibrahim in the quarter-finals.

Coll, on the other hand, has needed a deciding game in two of his clashes so far, including in last night’s quarter-final against the in-form Marwan ElShorbagy. Prior to that, he downed Baptiste Masotti in straight games, before needing five to get past another Frenchman, in Gregoire Marche, in round three.

Dessouky sits just one place above Coll in the SquashLevels Power Ratings, with the pair occupying #6 and #7 respectively. Their level is very similar, with the Egyptian having a 51% chance of winning today’s clash according to their algorithm.

Can the Egyptian live up to that billing and make his way into a first major final on the PSA World Tour? Or will Coll reach the final in Qatar for the second straight year?

The second semi-final of the evening sees a repeat of the CIB Egyptian Open final which took place in front of the Pyramids just three weeks ago. World No.1 Ali Farag takes on reigning World Champion Tarek Momen.

The pair have met 12 times on the PSA World Tour before, with Farag holding an 8-4 advantage over his fellow Egyptian. Seven of their previous meetings have come at the semi-final stage, with the new world No.1 winning four of them.

Momen has spent 40 minutes longer on court this week, and is yet to win a match in straight games. He got the better of compatriot Youssef Soliman in the second round, before downing the British duo of James Willstrop and Joel Makin to make it into the semi-finals.

Farag has only dropped two games all week, and they both came in a gut-busting quarter-final against Diego Elias on Thursday afternoon. Before that, the Egyptian had dispatched Englishman Richie Fallows and Malaysian No.1 Eain Yow Ng in straight games.

Farag holds the big advantage on the SquashLevels Power Ratings following his performance at the CIB Egyptian Open, and his run through the rounds in Qatar. Their algorithm predicts a 3-2 to the World No.1, with a 76% likelihood that he takes the victory.

Can Momen upset the World No.1 and continue his lengthy winning run on this court? Or can Farag continue the defence of his Qatar Classic crown from two years ago?

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