Egypt’s Fares Dessouky got the better of German No.2 Raphael Kandra after fighting back from a game down to record victory in the first round of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic.
The Egyptian, who currently sits at World No.12, fell behind following the first game, as the German showed his skills to take it 11-8, but that was the kickstart that Dessouky needed.
He then restricted the German to just eight points across the next two games, as he came back to take the win, moving through to the second round of the tournament, where he will face World No.11 Mohamed Abouelghar.
“He is very talented and very fit so he is a complete player. I am very happy to be through to the second round. I knew this match would be very tough, especially with it being the best of three games. It was a very tough game,” Dessouky admitted.
“I usually love this court. It is a very nice court here and there are not many dodgy bounces around. I enjoy playing here a lot.”
“Sometimes I have a little bit of pain in my knee but the doctor it will stay like this for your whole life so you have to adapt your game and your fitness to it. I am playing good these days and I will try to keep it up.”
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 2-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-5 (35m)