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Paul Coll in action during his second round match in Doha

Qatar Classic RD2: Coll Advances After Beating Masotti

New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll is through to the last 16 of the Qatar Classic after getting the better of Frenchman Baptiste Masotti for the second time in just six weeks.

The pair met in the first round of the Manchester Open, the first PSA World Tour event held after the tour’s six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Kiwi taking the victory.

He did the same in this one in under 40 minutes, and was in control throughout the clash. There was some wonderful, free-flowing squash in parts across the contest, especially in the first game. Masotti was able to fight his way back into it after being 7-4 down, but he hit three balls into the tin in the latter stages, allowing Coll to take the first.

The New Zealander, who reached the final of the PSA Men’s World Championship at this very venue twelve months ago, established further control in the second game, racing into a 9-2 lead. He closed out the second, before also doing so in the third, as Masotti kept making unforced errors.

Coll moves through to the third round of the Platinum event where he will face another member of the French quartet that featured at the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championships in Washington, D.C. in 2019, World No.17 Gregoire Marche.

“That clash [in Manchester] was both our first matches back after a long break and I was a bit passive in that match, I wasn’t aggressive enough on court,” Coll explained.

“That was the main focus for today, to be a bit more positive. I needed to attack the ball a bit more and to be in control.

“I am prepared for another hard match. He [Gregoire Marche] is very quick and very good across the ’T’. It will be a tough match and you have to be accurate on this court or you can get exposed.

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (38m)

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