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Nafiizwan Adnan

Malaysia’s Adnan Comes Back to Beat Fathi in Montreal

Malaysia’s World No.42 Nafiizwan Adnan came back from the brink of a quarter-final exit at the Montreal Open as he overturned a two-game deficit against Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi to reach the last four.

Adnan bowed out at the quarter-final stage of this tournament the last time he appeared in Montreal two years ago, and he looked set to suffer a similar fate after a superb display of attacking squash from Fathi saw the number three seed take the first 13-11 before pulling away in the second to double his lead courtesy of an 11-6 victory.

Adnan finally adjusted to Fathi’s style in the third game and was a runaway winner as he took it by an 11-3 margin before turning the screw against a tiring Fathi in the fourth and fifth games to complete the comeback.

Germany’s Raphael Kandra will stand between Adnan and a place in the semi-finals after the World No.43 dispatched French qualifier Baptiste Masotti in five games.

Meanwhile, Spanish top seed Borja Golan came back from a game down to defeat Arturo Salazar in four and he will line up against New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson, who saw off American Todd Harrity in the third of the night’s four matches to go the distance.

Results – Quarter-Finals: 2018 Montreal Open
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [7] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
[4] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [8] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-2: 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [3] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-2: 11-13, 6-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
[5] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [Q] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7

Draw – Semi-Finals
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) v [4] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (ESP) v [5] Raphael Kandra (GER)

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