World Men Championship 2015 - Fri 20th Nov, Quarter-Finals

World Men Championship 2015 - Fri 20th Nov, Quarter-Finals

Published on Saturday, November 28, 2015

World Men Championship 2015 - Fri 20th Nov, Quarter-Finals

Fri 20th Nov, Quarter-Finals Grégory Gaultier bt Ali Farag (Egy) 5-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-1, 11-3 (72m) Gaultier fights back Gregory Gaultier kept his hopes of reaching a fifth final - and taking a first title - alive as he fought back from to deny Ali Farag in five games. The young Egyptian had controlled the first game and almost let a 10-6 lead in the third slip as he took a two-one lead. But the Frenchman was in complete control for the last two games with Farag tiring and cramping up at the end of the match. That was tough enough, he is only 23 years old, and the way he plays already is incredible. Still feeling good after the match. That was the first match where I was really tested - I haven’t had that kind of level of intensity so far during the tournament so at the beginning of the match I was a bit surprised by the speed because i haven’t played that kind of match since I played against Elshorbagy in Qatar so it was a good test and it will definitely open up my lungs for the next match. Even when I was down 2-1 I still believed in myself. This is the World Championship and the tournament that everyone wants to win. I have been training so hard all summer - injury free - to try and make my dream come true and even when you're down you have to keep your head up. I made some errors in the third at 10-10 - I wasn’t confident with my feel today but I fought hard to the end and that made the difference. I could see he was struggling with cramp so I had to keep pushing and pushing until he was truly broken down. He’s an unbelievable player. His ranking will be top ten in a few months - he’s already up there at that level. It’s good for us all to have new players like him coming through and testing us because it keeps us all on our toes.

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