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World No.3 Paul Coll is involved in the day's second match, can he make his second Qatar Classic final in a row?


It’s semi-finals day of the Qatar QTerminals Classic, as the last four fight for a place in the final.

Play begins at 16:00 local time (GMT+3), as Welsh No.8 seed Joel Makin takes on Peru’s No.6 seed Diego Elias, before Egypt's No.7 seed Mostafa Asal faces New Zealand's No.2 seed Paul Coll.

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Order of Play
All times local (GMT+3)

Joel Makin v Diego Elias

Whoever wins tonight's match will make personal history, with both men yet to play a Platinum final.

History suggests advantage lies with the Peruvian, who will take confidence from a 5-1 record against Makin, including a devastating 3-0 win in August's Manchester Open final.

Makin, though, will no doubt draw inspiration from the scalps he has taken this year, including spectacular 3-0 wins over World No.1 Ali Farag and former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad at the U.S. Open earlier this month.

Makin will enjoy the rare novelty of going into a semi final with far fresher legs than his opponent. Though the Welshman is famed for his ability to take games long, he has spent a total of just 122 minutes on court, having beaten Iker Pajares Bernabeu, Patrick Rooney and Mazen Hesham to reach this stage without dropping a game.

Elias, meanwhile, has spent 203 minutes on court and has been forced to do things the hard way a number of times already. The Peruvian went to five with Declan James in the second round and recovered from two games down to best Gregoire Marche in the third, before being pushed hard by Raphael Kandra in a 3-1 quarter-final win.

Unsurprisingly, SquashLevels gives both players an excellent chance to progress, with Elias viewed only fractionally more favourably than Makin.

Can the Golden Tiger avenge his Manchester Open pain? Or will the Peruvian Puma pounce once more?

Mostafa Asal v Paul Coll

Both players go into today's match with huge wins under their belt already this season. World No.3 Coll, a beaten finalist at last year's Qatar Classic, picked up the first Platinum title of the season when he won the British Open in August, while World No.10 Asal cemented his place as the game's breakout star by becoming the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Open earlier this month.

On the way to that U.S. Open title, Asal knocked Coll out in the quarter-final stage after an epic 103-minute 3-1 victory. Despite Coll's superior ranking, that result was no outlier, with Asal winning all three of the pair's previous meetings.

Asal, playing in his first Qatar Classic, has had plenty of time to get used to the court at this year's edition.

The 20-year-old Egytpian has spent 235 minutes on court, recovering from a game down against Saurav Ghosal in his first match to win 3-1, before an injury to third round opponent Youssef Soliman cut short what was shaping up to be an excellent match. In his quarter-final clash with compatriot Tarek Momen, Asal was almost punished severely for failing to finish his opponent when excellently placed in game four, before eventually sealing the match in five after 114 minutes.

New Zealand's Coll, too, comes into the game on the back of a gruelling quarter final. The No.3 seed survived being match ball down in an epic 93-minute 3-2 win against Egypt's Mohamed Abouelghar, having beaten Baptiste Masotti and Rui Soares without dropping a game in the previous rounds, for a total of 167 minutes of court time.

SquashLevels predicts another tight match, with Paul Coll only a narrow favourite as Asal's stunning form is rewarded with a No.3 power rating. A nervy 3-2 win for the Kiwi is seen as the most likely result.

Will Coll make it to a second final in succession? Or can Asal go all the way at the first time of asking?

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