It is time for the last match of 2020. The final of the men’s event at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open takes place today, with action beginning at 21:00 (GMT+2) at the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo.
The final will be between Ali Farag and Fares Dessouky, with both chasing their own little piece of history. The World No.1 is aiming to win a third consecutive tournament for the first time in his career after triumphs at the CIB Egyptian Open and Qatar Classic, while Dessouky is looking to claim the first Gold level title of his professional career.
You can catch all the action live from the Black Ball Sporting Club 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+2)
This will be the sixth meeting between the Egyptian pair on the PSA World Tour, with the World No.1 holding a 100% record over his counterpart. They have only faced off one in the last three years though, with Farag taking the victory in the last eight of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic back in March.
Farag has spent just over three hours on court in total this week, dropping just two games across his four contests. He overcame Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu in the first round, before downing compatriots Omar Mosaad, Mohamed Abouelghar and Mostafa Asal to reach the final. The World No.1 will be fresh for today’s showpiece match, after ending just 39 minutes to down the 19-year-old Asal in the last four.
On the other hand, Dessouky spent a tough 75 minutes on court in his semi-final against reigning World Champion Tarek Momen. That followed a 76 minute clash with Diego Elias, and a five-game battle with 2018 Black Ball Open champion Karim Abdel Gawad. He has only won in straight games once this week, with that coming in the opening round against Frenchman Baptiste Masotti.
When it comes to the SquashLevels PowerRatings, Farag leads the way and by some distance. He is now over the 80,000 level mark and a clear #1. Dessouky has seen his level rise by over 5% across the tournament, and now occupies the #6 spot in the Ratings. According to the algorithm, Farag should win 3-1, but Dessouky will be aiming to upset that prediction.
So, who will end this unprecedented year on a high? Will Farag continue his 14-match winning run and take a third straight title? Or can Dessouky lift the biggest title of his career and cause a major shock in the process?