Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0 Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 (105m)
That moment you have played 104m of squash, you are at 9/9 in the 5th, and you get a stroke against you and a no let… I feel for Iker…
“I knew going into it that it was going to be a physical match. Not in terms of traffic issues, more that we were both going to take a few lumps out of each other. A heck of a match and somehow I found a way in the end!”
“It’s good to get the first win of the season. I’m very happy with the way I played and hopefully I can keep getting better every round.
“The first matches are always tricky so to get through in three is a bonus. It’s not only home in the sense of Cairo, but home in the sense that CIB and Sodic my two personal sponsors are sponsoring the event. They make us feel at ease and this is what you need to produce your best on court.
“I’ve got to play with Raphael Kandra who’s a very tricky campaigner, a left hander who’s very unorthodox so I’m going to have to be ready for that.”