Netsuite Open 2015 - 25-Sep - Round One

Netsuite Open 2015 - 25-Sep - Round One

Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Netsuite Open 2015 - 25-Sep - Round One

25-Sep, Round One :

Grégory Gaultier bt Ali Farag (Egy)

11/6, 8/11, 11/6, 8/11, 12/10 (90m)

 

Gaultier survives on dramatic opening day in SF Defending champion Grégory Gaultier came within a whisker of a shock first round exit, saving multiple match balls against Egyptian Ali Farag to keep his tournament alive following a dramatic 90-minute encounter. After booking his place in the main draw after a 70-minute match with French number three Gregoire Marche, the 23-year-old from Cairo took the match to Gaultier and unsettled the French world #3 from the off and it was a strategy that paid off for the Harvard graduate as he came from 2-1 down to level the match and force a fifth game. Farag’s continued aggression was rewarded when he earned himself two match balls but he couldn’t convert and it was a relieved Gaultier who eventually sealed it 12-10 in the fifth. “He played so well, it was unbelievable,” said Gaultier. “I haven’t lost many first round matches over the last ten years but the way he was playing I wouldn’t have had many complaints tonight. I played quite well, I lost my concentration in places, but there were only a few points that made the difference and I was lucky that I won those points tonight.” After the match Farag said: “Of course it’s disappointing to lose but he has been in these situations hundreds of times and it was experience that made the difference in the end.”

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