R2: Youssef Ibrahim (Egy) 3-2 Lucas Serme (Fra) 4-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 (61m)
Youssef Ibrahim wins a second five setter in a row as he denies France’s Lucas Serme.
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Lucas: The ball went very dead in the 4th and 5th, and he took better advantage than I. I tried to change it after the fourth, but of course, I was too late, only after the third.
I thought I was going to be able to get him physically maybe in the 5th, but he shortened the rallies too well, both in the 4th and 5th… I thought I was able to pick his shots up, kept getting no lets, again, the ball was pretty dead and staying short… He played great shots in the last two games…
“It was a tough game, Lucas is a very physically fit guy, and I knew today I would have to work for this one. I tried not to give him any freebies, he doesn’t give any and he makes you earn your points. I know I’m not at the best of my physical abilities at this tournament, so I had to play it smart a little bit.
“It’s hard for me to mentally focus, I’m always mentally a little bit shaky and inconsistent. But at this tournament I have to rely on a strong mentality because the physical ability is not there yet. That is another challenge at this tournament and I’m happy I pulled it off today.
“I hate to play against left handers. I train with right handers all the time, so for me it’s not as hard as playing a left hander. We need more left handers on tour, they’re a rarity in the men’s and women’s game, but I don’t find it difficult to read right handers because I play with them all the time.
“I guess for them it makes sense that they can’t read left handers because aren’t many of them on tour.”
🗣 "Lucas is a physically fit guy and I knew today that I had to work for this win!"@Yousseefibrahim took a five-game win over @LucasSerme and he knew that he had to put himself through it to reach the last 16!#BlackBallOpen pic.twitter.com/r63qNOMOdA
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