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No.3 seed Mostafa Asal will be looking for revenge after a painful 3-2 defeat to World No.1 Ali Farag in last month's CIB Squash Open Black Ball semi final.

Houston Open Semi Finals: The Stats and How to Watch Live

The semi finals of the men's Houston Open men’s take place today, with action beginning at 15:00 (GMT-6) at the Houston Squash Club, Texas, as the last four battle it out for a spot in tomorrow's final.

Egypt's World No.1 Ali Farag begins the day's play with a tough encounter against his 20-year-old compatriot, Mostafa 'the Raging Bull’ Asal. They will be followed by a match between the tournament''s surprise pair, World No.13 Mazen Hesham and World No. 12 Gregoire Marche.

You can watch every moment LIVE on SQUASHTV (worldwide) and multiple broadcasters around the world.

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Tonight’s Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT-6)

Asal (left) and Farag (right) met in a hugely entertaining semi final at the CIB Squash Open Black Ball last month.

Farag v Asal
If tonight's match is half as good as the pair's last encounter, the squash world is in for a real treat. In the semi finals of last month's CIB Squash Open Black Ball, Farag and Asal played one of the matches of the year, with the World No.1 eventually making it through 3-2 after an epic 97-minute struggle.

Tonight represents the 10th time the two have met in PSA matches, with Farag boasting of a vastly superior 9-1 record. Few will be writing Asal off at this stage, though. The supremely talented 20-year-old enjoyed a spectacular 2021, capturing the U.S. Open title and jumping from World No.12 in January 2021 to a career best No.5 this month.

Both men go into tonight’s clash with immaculate records, having entered the tournament in the second round.

Farag sailed through his first match 3-0 against Germany’s World No.21 Raphael Kandra, before dispatching compatriot and World No.18 Youssef Soliman by the same margin, spending a combined time of 63 minutes on court.

Asal has similarly enjoyed a relatively serene trip to the semis, though has been on court for 23 minutes longer. The No.3 seed saw off Switzerland’s World No.40 Dimitri Steinmann without dropping a game, before impressing in a 3-0 defeat of Colombia’s No.5 seed Miguel Rodriguez in the quarter final.

SquashLevels predict another close encounter tonight, with Farag expected to be made to work hard for a win.

Will the World No.1 make it through to the first final of 2022?

Marche (right) beat Hesham (left) 3-0 in the second round of last month's CIB Squash Open Black Ball.

Hesham v Marche
Today's match represents a huge opportunity for both players, as the pair play their first ever PSA World Tour Gold level semi final.

Despite a combined total of 25 years with the PSA, today's encounter represents just the fourth meeting between the pair.

Marche will take confidence from his 2-1 record against Hesham, with their last meeting coming just one month ago, in a hard-fought 3-0 win for the Frenchman in the second round of the CIB Squash Open Black Ball.

Both players have had to endure gruelling matches to reach this stage and have spent an almost identical time on court, with Hesham have played for 116 in total and Marche 115.

In the second round, Hesham recovered from one game down to beat Switzerland's World No.25 Nicolas Mueller 3-2, clinching a nerve-wracking fifth game 12-10.

He then produced a spectacular performance in the quarter finals against compatriot and No.4 seed Marwan ElShorbagy, coming from 2-1 down to snatch another 3-2 win.

For Marche, his first match was a relatively calm affair, as the 31-year-old saw off Egypt's former World No.3 Omar Mosaad 3-0 in 45 minutes.

His quarter final against England's World No.38 Nathan Lake was a different story entirely, however. Lake stunned Marche by taking the first two games, before a thrilling rearguard action from the Frenchman rescued victory from the jaws of defeat for a 3-2 win in 70 minutes.

Despite Hesham's higher seeding, it is Marche who is favoured by SquashLevels to edge today's encounter. The ‘Acrobat’ is given a 67 percent likelihood of progressing, with 3-2 the expected result.

With a first ever Gold final awaiting the winner, who will withstand the pressure to claim it?

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