World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy got the better of his younger brother Marwan to reach the Oracle NetSuite Open final for third consecutive year.
The pair had met 16 times on the PSA World Tour, with the older Mohamed holding the 13-3 advantage, and he continued that momentum into the first game, as he restricted the World No.11 to just four points.
The second had more ups-and-downs in it, as Mohamed took a 3-0 lead, before Marwan reeled off five straight points to lead 5-3. Mohamed then did the same to lead 8-5, before the pair became deadlocked at 10-10 as Marwan saved two match balls.
The tie-break would go all the way to 17-15, with neither player giving an inch to their sibling on court. Mohamed eventually took the victory with his seventh match ball, booking his place in the final against compatriot Tarek Momen on Monday evening.
“I am really happy to reach the final for a third consecutive year. It is not easy and it is a very different tournament this year with the best-of-three,” Mohamed ElShorbagy admitted,
“You have to play with a very different tactic for each match. Matches are short and sharp, especially in the colder conditions. I am really happy with how I played and I always think the top guys have a way of adapting and here we are, myself and Tarek, the top two seeds are in the final together.
“Years ago, the sport was different and guys used to use a lot of tricks, but now the sport has changed and we have all had to change at some point. We all play a different sport now. He is now training with Nick Matthew and I am happy that Marwan has someone like that with him now.
“Tarek is one of the most inspiring players I have ever come across because he has worked on himself year on year. He was a very good junior, you expect things to happen once you go to the pro tour. That did not happen with him, but he kept working hard until it started happening for him and I respect that a lot about him.
“We are good friends off court, but we go hard at each other on the court and that is what everyone will want us to do tomorrow and hopefully we can give everyone a good match”
Result – Men’s Semi Final: Oracle NetSuite Open
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 2-0: 11-4, 17-15 (41m)