Egypt’s Fares Dessouky has caused the first major surprise of the second round, as he overcame World No.8 Simon Rösner in straight games to knock the German out of the PSA Platinum level Qatar Classic.
The pair had only faced each other twice on the PSA World Tour before, but they had an average match time of over 75 minutes. This clash, though, was only just over half of that time, as Dessouky dominated throughout.
The Egyptian took the first game in just eight minutes, as he did not allow the ‘German Tree-Chopper’ to find his rhythm at all, giving up just three points in the opening salvo.
Rösner tried to fight back over the course of the second and third games, but no matter what, the World No.12 had the answers, and was able to close out the match in straight games, setting up a clash with Spain’s Borja Golan in the last 16.
“Obviously, it was not an easy match. I know it was 3-0 but it was very close. I had to dig really deep to get every single point and to play at a fast pace, which wasn’t easy at all. I am happy to be through,” he explained after the victory.
“We always have very hard matches, tough matches, with each other. I think the last one was in Canary Wharf and it lasted more than an hour. I know it will be a hard match for both for us, but I hope to get the win and reduce the gap between us [on head-to-head].”
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (39m)