The final of the Qatar Classic take place today, with action beginning at 18:00 (GMT+3) at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex as the latest major title winner is decided.
The final will see New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll take on Egyptian World No.1 Ali Farag for the prestigious Qatar Classic, with the Kiwi aiming to make his country become just the fourth to have a winner of this title, alongside England, France and Egypt.
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)
New Zealand’s Paul Coll will take on World No.1 Ali Farag in the final of the Qatar Classic, eight months on from when the pair last met in the final of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family in Chicago.
That was one of 13 meetings between the pair over the last four years on the PSA World Tour, and their first meeting in the finale of a tournament. Coll has only beaten the Egyptian once before, and that came in their very first battle, at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in January 2017. Since then, Farag has won 12 from 12.
Coll has had to come through two brutal five-game battles to reach this stage, overcoming challenges from French No.1 Gregoire Marche and World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy. He eased past Baptiste Masotti in the second round before those big matches, and then followed them up with a convincing straight games win over Fares Dessouky, a match in which he won 24 straight points.
Farag also came through his semi-final with relative ease, knocking out reigning World Champion Tarek Momen in straight games inside 37 minutes. That followed victories over England’s Richie Fallows, Malaysian No.1 Eain Yow Ng and World No.7 Diego Elias.
After their semi-final victories, Farag and Coll are #1 and #2 on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, respectively, but there is a big gap in their levels. That gap of nearly 12,000 sees SquashLevels giving the Egyptian a 70% likelihood of victory, with their algorithm predicting a 3-2 win for Farag, akin to the Windy City Open final in March.
Can Coll finally get that victory over Farag and lift a first major title? Or will Farag defend the Qatar Classic crown he won two years ago?