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Borja Golan (right) with the 2018 Montreal Open trophy

Golan Lifts Montreal Open Title

Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan claimed his first PSA World Tour title since 2016 after ‘El Toro’ defeated Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan 3-1 in the final of the 2018 Montreal Open held at the Club Sportif.

There was little between the two in the opening stages as both players played an attritional style of squash but, with the scores locked at 5-5, Adnan was able to string successive points together and was able to secure the first game by an 11-9 margin.

A dip in concentration from Adnan then allowed Golan to seize the initiative and the World No.21 made no mistake as he controlled the middle of the court to draw level, taking it 11-4.

Another closely fought game transpired in the third as some gruelling rallies played out in front of enraptured spectators, with Adnan pulling ahead to a 7-5 lead before a tenacious showing from Golan saw the Spaniard fight his way back to parity and he overturned a 9-8 deficit to claim the lead for the first time.

A 4-1 lead for Golan in the fourth laid the groundwork for his victory and, despite Adnan coming back to level at 5-5, the 35-year-old picked off his opponent’s loose shots to complete an 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 victory to earn his 32nd PSA World Tour title.

The victory sees Golan move ahead of World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy to sit 11th on the list of all-time male PSA World Tour title winners, while he goes fifth on the list of the most successful active players on the Tour.

Result – Final: 2018 Montreal Open
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-1: 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (72m)

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