If you haven’t seen an exciting squash match lately, you haven’t been paying much attention to Frenchman and World No.2 Gregory Gaultier and Egyptian and World No.8 Ali Farag. Just recently, on May 7th, the two players took to the court together and clashed for the final match at the 2017 Grasshopper Cup.

Read: The 2017 Grasshopper Cup: Final Results

And now, during the 2017 Bellevue Classic, both Gaultier (FRA) and Farag (EGY) have succeeded in advancing to the final match. The final match between the two players a couple weeks ago during the Grasshopper Cup was fierce and hard fought.

As the season winds down, this final match will be one of the most exciting of the month. Gaultier has been trailblazing his way to victory after victory, and regardless of who wins the final match, the results will be explosive.

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The Final Match

Gaultier and Farag will meet in the final of this PSA World Tour event for the second successive tournament, after they claimed their respective victories over James Willstrop and Marwan ElShorbagy during the semi-finals day.

Gaultier v Willstrop at Semis, Bellevue Classic, 2017

Gaultier v Willstrop at Semis, Bellevue Classic, 2017

Results — Semi-Finals: 2017 Bellevue Classic

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt. [4] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (42m)

[3] Ali Farag (EGY) bt. [2] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5 (38m)

Farag and M. ElShorbagy at semis, Bellevue Classic, 2017

Farag and M. ElShorbagy at semis, Bellevue Classic, 2017

There is over $25K of prize money that will be up for grabs for the final — this is a record amount for a squash tournament containing a 16-man draw. Gregory Gaultier will be competing in an impressive seventh successive Tour final.

When and How to Watch: The final match will take place May 20th — it will begin at 14:00 local time (PDT) and will be aired live on SQUASHTV (Rest of the World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only).

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Can Gaultier Claim the World No.1 Spot?

There is more at stake for Gaultier than keeping his winning streak alive — recently, the 34-year-old lost his World No.1 ranking to Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) early this month — but should he defeat Ali Farag again in this final match, he will reclaim the No.1 top spot in the World Rankings next month. And we know that Gregory Gaultier, The General, does not stop until he is victorious.

34-year-old Gregory Gaultier, No.2 in the World

34-year-old Gregory Gaultier, No.2 in the World

25-year-old Ali Farag (EGY), No.8 in the World

25-year-old Ali Farag (EGY), No.8 in the World

Who Will Win?

It will be difficult both physically and mentally. Gaultier and Farag played a long match during the Grasshopper Cup and while Gaultier won 3-0, it was not easy and certainly wasn’t a sweep if you saw the game. Farag can attack and get his shots in with the best of them.

While Gaultier is No.2 in the world right now and Farag is No.8, this Bellevue Classic event has Gaultier seeded at [1] and Farag seeded at [3]. Even though our bet is on the Frenchman to come through victorious, it is the match itself that will be incredible to watch, regardless of who battles through to win the prize and lift the trophy.

We can’t count Farag out just yet, either. His ability to bounce back and keep a strong mental game is just as impressive as Gaultier’s — except, he may be even more dangerous in this final match after being defeated by Gaultier just a couple of weeks ago — there is a lot of motivation for Farag claim victory.   

However, we will have to sit back and see for ourselves. Make sure you see this match for yourself; it is not one to miss.

Gregory Gaultier vs. Ali Farag

Gregory Gaultier vs. Ali Farag

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Results — Semi-Finals: 2017 Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt. [4] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (42m)

[3] Ali Farag (EGY) bt. [2] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5 (38m)

 

Draw — Final: To be Played May 20th

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [3] Ali Farag (EGY)

Farag (EGY) on the left with Buchli, and Gregory Gaultier (FRA) on the right

Farag (EGY) on the left with Buchli, and Gregory Gaultier (FRA) on the right

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