Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt  Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8 (84m)
Omar Mosaad ended the run of viral-sensation Mathieu Castagnet after a bruising 84 minute battle that was played at a relentless pace from start to finish that saw the Egyptian number three seed secure a semi-final spot against defending champion Nick Matthew.
The typically tenacious Castagnet, a man who personifies the never-say-die attitude every time he steps on court, put up a huge fight throughout the battle that saw both men on the brink of exhaustion towards the latter stages after an innumerable series of physically draining and mentally taxing rallies took their toll.
All four games were played at a supremely high level of skill and control with minimal unforced errors coming from the rackets of either man but a crucial period of resistance by Mosaad in the coming stages of the third game, when he looked to have reached his physical breaking point, proved pivotal as he found a renewed source of energy to maintain a highly competitive level in the fourth.
With Castagnet tiring its was ultimately the ‘Hammer of Thor’s’ big match experience that made the difference as he sealed an impressive win.
With 70minutes players Mosaad was 6-7 down in the third as an atypical bruising rally began. After a lengthy exchange Mosaad ripped a low backhand crosscourt kill to level it up and grab the impetus going on to take the pivotal third game.
Shot Of The Match
From 9-6 up Mosaad was on the defensive end of yet another Castagnet fightback when at 8-9, after shaping to play a straight drive from deep, he played a clever boats that completely wrong footed the Frenchman and set up match ball – which he then duly converted.
Omar Mosaad: “You have to give 100 per cent in every match and I really had to push hard today.
“He’s such a good player and pushes a lot when he’s tired. I think we both played well and I’m happy to win an get through to the semi-finals which I’m looking forward to.
“It’s going to be hard against Nick but I will give it my all – now it’s time to recover and be ready for it.”