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Second-seeded Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda survived the longest match of his ten-year career when he fought off favourite Martin Knight to win the RC Pro Series 2014 in the USA in a 125-minute final.

The 30-year-old from Cairo, who recently became the teaching pro at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia, reached the final of the PSA Challenger 10 squash event at The Racquet Club in St Louis, Missouri, after overcoming Shawn Delierre, the No.3 seed from Canada, in an 82-minute semi.

But Knight, the World No.45 from New Zealand, was extended to the longest match of his career in the other semi when he saw off fourth-seeded Irishman Arthur Gaskin in a 118-minute marathon to reach his fourth PSA World Tour final of the year.

But within 24 hours, the Kiwi’s record was broken when he was kept on court for over two hours as he battled to contain his lower-ranked opponent!

“In game one, Reda was making a concerted effort to move Knight after Knight’s marathon two-hour match last night,” explained the club’s Athletic Director and Head Pro Michael Puertas. “The tactic initially backfired with Knight taking a 5-2 lead. Three unforced errors from Knight brought Reda back in the game and the movement and control of Reda’s shots start paying off. Reda took the first game 11-8.

“It was neck and neck in game two all the way to 8-8. Reda’s errors are starting to make the difference as Knight takes the second game 11-8.

“Some great squash by both players in game three as they exchanged points evenly to 8-all, holding at 8-8 for over 10 minutes!! Reda pushes ahead, taking the game with some stunning shot-making.

“Reda breaks a string at 7-6 and asks Knight if he has a spare racquet! A subsequent search of lockers does not locate a matching racquet for Reda so Reda takes Knight’s racquet and continues the game. Knight closes out the game 11-8.

“After a change of racquet for Reda, the members found a somewhat matching racquet belonging to a 10-year-old!! Reda found his mojo and took the final game 11-5. The total match time was 125 minutes!!”

Reda was delighted with his success:  “I’m really happy to win RC Pro Series, my first title for three years.  I hope there will be more to come, especially with me settling down in Philadelphia at Merion Cricket and keep training with my physical trainer.  I think I can be back on track again – special thanks to Scott Devoy for making all this happen and the support he gave me since arriving in Philadelphia.”

The 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 triumph gives Reda the 12th Tour title of his career – but his first since July 2011.

Final:
2 Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [1] Martin Knight (NZL) 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (125m)

Semi-finals:
1 Martin Knight (NZL) bt [4] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6 (118m)
2 Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [3] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 12-10, 13-15, 11-8, 11-6 (82m)

Quarter-finals:
1 Martin Knight (NZL) bt [8] Michael McCue (CAN) 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10 (84m)
4 Arthur Gaskin (IRL) bt [6] Matthew Serediak (CAN) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (41m)
3 Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [5] Lewis Walters (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (71m)
2 Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [7] Alex Ingham (ENG) 15-17, 11-4, 11-2, 11-5

1st round:
1 Martin Knight (NZL) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4 (81m)
8 Michael McCue (CAN) bt Chris Hanson (USA) 6-11, 11-8, 11-2, 9-11, 11-5 (82m)
6 Matthew Serediak (CAN) bt Mubarak Mohsin (UAE) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (36m)
4 Arthur Gaskin (IRL) bt Sunil Seth (GUY) 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (40m)
3 Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Rodrigo Pezzota (ARG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (39m)
5 Lewis Walters (ENG) bt Sean Conroy (IRL) 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (43m)
7 Alex Ingham (ENG) bt Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (41m)
2 Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt Karamatullah Khan (PAK) w/o