World No.7 Diego Elias came back from a game down to get the better of Egypt’s Fares Dessouky to become the first Peruvian in history to reach the quarter-finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship.
Elias and Dessouky have had some fractious matches in the past – not least a highly-charged affair during the quarter-finals of the 2017 El Gouna International – but there were less fireworks this time around as both players kept their composure in a clean contest.
Dessouky edged the opening game on the tie-break after Elias had overturned two of his game balls, but the ‘Peruvian Puma’ found his range more from that point onwards.
Over the course of the next three games, the 22-year-old prowled around the court, dispatching a series of winners as he outplayed Dessouky and displayed superior racket skills, while the Egyptian player struggled to keep the ball above the tin.
And Elias closed out a 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 victory to set up a quarter-final clash with either No.2 seed Tarek Momen or local favourite Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.
"I'm feeling great and I feel like I'm playing good squash, so I think I can go all the way."— PSA World Championships (@PSAWorldChamps) November 11, 2019
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“I started a bit nervously, it's my first time in the last 16 of a World Championship,” Elias said.
“But then I started to play better, more consistent squash, and I think I did really well at the end to close it out.
“Every time it's better, we are pretty close in the rankings, we've been playing all of our lives now. It's always a tough match, so it's hard to be pretty good friends off court, but we're trying to be as good as we can.
“One of my goals was to make it to my first quarter-finals of the World Championship. I'm feeling great and I feel like I'm playing good squash, so I think I can go all the way.”
 Diego Elias (PER) bt  Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (56m)