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MY GAME: Ali Farag: Part 1

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I think you are playing better than in 2021. Whatís your view?
I am playing better but I lack consistency which is something Iíve always taken pride in. The US Open was a blip and Chicago [the Windy City Open] another.

You have three guys now vying for the no.1 spot as Mohamed ElShorbagy looks interested again. He has firepower and his forehand is lethal. What do you look out for in playing him?Mohamed is explosive and powerful. If you give him anything loose his body position is very good and he can kill the ball very well. I move efficiently so I try to capitalise on this and extend the rallies hoping that he tires so I have the advantage in the later stages. The beginning of matches are always extremely hard with Mohamed.

The press used to ask Jansher Khan how he would play Chris Dittmar and he would say, ĎI play long gameí.
Ha! The thing with Mohamed is that he can play for two hours so you donít just want to extend the rallies, you have to win them as well. Mohamed is lethal everywhere, especially on the forehand side, so you canít be complacent. Mohamed has it all. He is the one that pushed our generation to be this good.


Ali Farag puts Tarek Momen in the back corner and hangs in to the side looking for the intercept.


 
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FROM:
An interview in Squash Player magazine 2022 Issue 2
See Contents here
Part 2 coming soon.
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