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X5 Squash Open: Gobbi Takes First PSA Title

Brazil’s Diego Gobbi secured his first PSA title, doing so on home soil at the X5 Squash Open in Sao Paulo, defeating Argentina’s Miguel Pujol in a five-game battle in the final.

Gobbi came into the tournament, which was regionally restricted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as the top seed, and the Brazilian got his campaign underway with a 72-minute victory over wildcard Murilo Fernandes on the opening day.

The World No.204 then got the better of Rhuan Sousa, another Brazilian wildcard, in the quarter finals, to make his way through to the last four. There, he downed No.5 seed Yuri Pollan in a half an hour contest.

The final saw him take on No.7 seed Miguel Pujol, with the Argentinian fresh off his maiden title at the Head Open last month. It was Pujol who held a 2-1 advantage, but Gobbi fought back to win the last two games, securing his maiden title on Tour.

Results: X5 Squash Open
Final
[1] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [7] Miguel Pujol (ARG) 3-2: 11-7, 4-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 (70m)

Semi-Finals
[7] Miguel Pujol (ARG) bt [4] Pedro Mometto (BRA) 3-2: 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (75m)
[1] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [5] Yuri Pollak (BRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (30m)

Quarter Finals
[7] Miguel Pujol (ARG) bt [2] Hassan Khalil (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (32m)
[4] Pedro Mometto (BRA) bt [WC] Alexandre Baruzzi (BRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (35m)
[5] Yuri Pollak (BRA) bt Vitor Vieira (BRA) 3-2: 11-13, 14-16, 11-4, 19-17, 14-12 (100m)
[1] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [WC] Rhuan Sousa (BRA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (37m)

Round One
[2] Hassan Khalil (ENG) bt [WC] Gabriel Pederiva (BRA) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (46m)
[7] Miguel Pujol (ARG) bt [WC] Ronivaldo Conceição (BRA) 3-1: 11-1, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6 (30m)
[WC] Alexandre Baruzzi (BRA) bt [8] Lisandro Ortiz (ARG) 3-1: 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2 (37m)
[4] Pedro Mometto (BRA) bt [WC] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (35m)
Vitor Vieira (BRA) bt [3] Matheus Carbonieri (BRA) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 4-11, 14-12 (90m)
[5] Yuri Pollak (BRA) bt [WC] Gustavo Santos (BRA) 3-2: 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (55m)
[WC] Rhuan Sousa (BRA) bt [6] Junior Christovam (BRA) 3-2: 3-11, 11-4, 11-13, 12-10, 12-10 (85m)
[1] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [WC] Murilo Fernandes (BRA) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 (72m)

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