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Golan and Adnan Set up Montreal Open Final Clash

Former World No.5 Borja Golan and Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan will meet in the final of the 2018 Montreal Open after respective win over New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson and Raphael Kandra on semi-finals day at the PSA M25 tournament.

Top seed Golan followed up wins over Chris Hanson and Arturo Salazar with a 3-1 win over World No.33 Grayson. The Spaniard took the opening game after playing some patient and tight squash but Grayson forced the pace more in the second game, going 8-3 up.

Golan dug in though and fought his way back to 9-9 until a succession of lets unsettled the 35-year-old and Grayson took the next two points to level the scores. Golan had the better in the early stages of the third to go 6-1 up and, despite some traffic issues cropping up once more, he held firm to restore his lead courtesy of an 11-8 triumph.

The fourth was another close affair until Grayson began to slow down mid-way through the game and Golan pulled away to complete an 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 victory to reach his first PSA World Tour final since May 2016.

Meanwhile, Adnan will also appear in his first Tour final since that month after he dispatched Germany’s Raphael Kandra, also by a 3-1 margin.

Kandra prevailed in the opening game as he absorbed the pressure from Kandra and took his opportunities well. However, Adnan came flying out of the traps in the second as the momentum shifted and he took the next three games without to reply to earn his place in the title-decider.

Results – Semi-Finals: 2018 Montreal Open
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [4] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 (76m)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [5] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (87m)

Draw – Final
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) v [6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)

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