In the all-Egyptian battle to end the evening’s play, Fares Dessouky got the better of the tournament’s No.8 seed, Mohamed Abouelghar, to book his place in the quarter-finals fo the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic.
The pair had faced each other four times before on the PSA World Tour, and it had been seven years since Abouelghar had got the better of his compatriot, but he stared the stronger in his clash in London, taking the first game 11-8.
However, Dessouky came back into the match in the second, playing some of his trademark squash, including plenty of cross-court nicks, his trademark shot. He took the second 11-7 before coming out firing in the deciding game.
The World No.12 eventually made his way through to the last eight of the PSA Gold tournament, winning the third 11-5 to secure victory in 42 minutes, setting up a quarter-final clash with World No.2 Ali Farag on Wednesday evening.
“I am very happy to get through today. He played really well and outplayed me in the first. I had to come up with another plan to keep the match going, and to give the crowd a good game,” Dessouky said.
I was a bit lucky today to be honest. After many long rallies I managed to get the nick. I am lucky because it is working. It was working for him in the first game but then he stopped, but I am enjoying playing here because it is so nice!”
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt  Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 2-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)