Diego Elias (PER) 3-1 Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-1, 11-4, 4-11, 11-7 (41m)
I am a bit disappointed with my first two games, but the positive of it all is the fact I got my head just above the water in the third. I was able to match a bit more his incredible squash from the 3rd on.
As I mentioned before, I came here with no expectations, so winning two days ago was already a miracle, so today was a bonus, no matter what. So I was trying to enjoy it but it was hard to do in the first two games, especially as I was trying to get used to the court after playing on the traditional, it's so fast on there.
At the moment, he is just a level above and he shows that he so deserves to be world number one... Still, I'm happy with my event considering.
“I think I was playing really good squash and I got a bit excited, I think, I started going short a lot in the third, which was the complete opposite of what my dad told me,” said Elias.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work in the past year and a half, two years. After my injury I started training a lot harder. It took a while until I could show it in the tournaments, so I’m happy that I’ve been doing a lot better in the last few months, making lots of finals and making some events.
“He’s [Hesham] a dangerous player and we’ve become good friends. He’s been spending a lot time in Florida with me, it’s going to be a great match and hopefully, he doesn’t scream in my ear tomorrow.”