[5/8] Diego Elias (Per) 3-2  Marwan El Gawarhy (Egy) 3/11, 12/10, 7/11, 11/5, 11/9 (63m)
Diego does it again
You have to take your hat off to Peru’s Diego Elias – in his last three matches he’s beaten three Egyptians, seeded #1, #5/8, and today in the final the #2 seed. And all of those matches were five-setters, where does he get his energy from !
He hardly got started in the first, and at 10/5 down in the second it wasn’t looking good for Diego, but seven points in a row – including a conduct stroke for time wasting at 9-10 – and we had a match on our hands.
The crowd – apart from the large and noisy-as-ever Egyptian contingent – were getting behind Diego now, and he responded as the next two games were shared, with some tremendous squash being played by both of them. Diego seems to get stronger as the rallies go on, and the crowd were picking up his momentum each time.
There was nothing in it in the fifth, Diego had the lead more often than not, but never by much.
He got to 10-8, thought he’s won it only for the referee to award a let which was noisily booed, but he did win it when, at the end of what was probably the rally of the tournament, Gawarhy tinned ad the Peruvian celebrations could begin.