After losing the first ever encounter between the duo during last October’s U.S. Open Peruvian World Junior Champion gained his revenge on Egypt’s Fares Dessouki, prevailing 3-1 in their first round battle at the 2016 Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners and Equitrust Life Insurance.
Both players have been touted as future world number ones in the making, with great expectations on their shoulders, but their encounter at the University Club of Chicago was far from a classic with bitty, scrappy play the dominant theme in a match that will not be remembered well for either.
The opening two games were saturated with errors and refereeing decisions as they shared the scoreboard evenly, with Dessouki taking the opener before seeing his advantage eroded, and with traffic problems becoming a more frequent issues during the third the match hits low point when Dessouki was penalised with a conduct stroke for dissent that gave Elias game ball, which he grasped with open arms.
The fourth game saw the pair play their best, with a series of rallies offering a glimpse of their true capabilities, but it was Elias who held his nerve to take it 11-9 and the match.
[Q] Diego Elias (PER) bt Fares Dessouki (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (57m)