World No.1 and defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy continued his attempts to retain the crown he won a year ago with a superb triumph against compatriot Omar Mosaad in the quarter-final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York.
Elshorbagy, playing the day before his 25th birthday, conceded the first game to the older Egyptian after a high quality start to the match saw ‘The Hammer of Thor’ Mosaad edge ahead to take the lead.
“We’re great friends on and off court as well. I think that it showed he has matured and he has had such great results lately. The way that he has been backing up tournament after tournament shows that he is a world class player right now.
“Our age difference is very close and we know each other very well. I’ve known him since our junior days and we grew up together and have gone up the rankings together. We lived with each other for the past 10-15 years and it’s a great way to celebrate my birthday tonight.
“It was such a great match and Im just happy that we were able to play such a great match in front of a great crowd. I can’t wait already to be back here and playing in front of everyone again.”
Result – Quarter-Final: Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt  Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (76m)
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