R1: Rui, Leonel, Balasz, Raphael,

14.15 Matches
Rui Soares (Por) 3-2 Yahya Elnawasany (Egy) 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11 (48m)
Leonel Cardenas (Mex) 3-0 [wc] Seif Tamer (Egy) 11-7, 11-1, 11-9 (35m)
Balasz Farkas (Hun) 3-0 Omar Mosaad (Egy) 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (39m)
Raphael Kandra (Ger) 3-0 Faraz Khan (Usa) 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (13m)

Raphael : Matches like these on a big stage, a Platinum event, it’s the highest stage we can play on. I don’t think this is a right attitude for a player to come in and perform like that.
I don’t know the background at all, I’ve no idea what’s wrong with him. If he is feeling sick, if he is injured.

Some rallies, he was really trying, splitting to the balls, so he didn’t even give a sh.. sorry for my language.

I don’t think it’s ok.

We should be giving junior players the opportunity of trying to get through, who REALLY wants to, like Elkabbani, who just played three really close games against Nicki. He tried the best he could. And every one, at that stage, should do it that way.

This is not a 3K or a 5K. This is a Platinum.

Farkas : It’s not easy to play against any Egyptian players in Egypt!  I had played Mosaad a few years ago and he beat me 3/0. So I learned from that match. Mosaad is really a hard up on end, you need to raise your accuracy to make him move around, he is go big and so strong on the T area.

I think I’m played good squash today, I had to defend a lot but then I was able to get to the front and start attacking, and I’m happy with my game.

Tomorrow, I’m playing Tarek, not sure at what time but I’ll be ready for it! I have my dad travelling with me this time and that doesn’t happen often. So I’m happy that hopefully we will be able to work out a tactical plan for the match…