January 2019 KingFut Pharaoh of the month: Ali Farag
After a historic comeback in the final against Mohamed El Shorbagy, The ‘Rubber-Man’ did it again, winning the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions title and climbing up on top of the PSA Tour world ranking.
Farag started off the tournament in the second round against England’s James Wilstrop with a 3-1 win: 11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 in a match that lasted 51 minutes. He then managed to defeat Daryl Shelby in the third round in a thrilling 57-min-long game that ended 3-0 to the Egyptian: 15-13, 12-10, 13-11.
The 26-year-old then faced world number seven, Paul Coll, in the quarter final and snatched a 3-0 win: 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 in 48 minutes. Later, Farag faced fellow Egyptian, Tarek Momen, in the semi-final and snatched the last ticket to the final after winning 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 in 43 minutes.
Farag entered the final against Mohamed El Shorbagy with high spirits after only losing one set in the tournament; however, he struggled as he conceded two sets at the beginning of the match. He was able to return to his form in the next two sets and leveled the score 2-2, before he managed to win his first Tournament of Champions trophy as he won 3-2: 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 in a historic-84 minute match.
“It’s been a dream of mine since a very young age to reach that No.1 spot,” said Farag. Here he is after winning the title, he managed to achieve his dream and will be officially the world number one in the next PSA World Tour ranking, which will be released next week.
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