Egypt's Mohamed Elshorbagy has triumphed at the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Qatar Classic for the third time in his career after beating compatriot Tarek Momen in today's final.
The 26-year-old claimed an 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 win over debutant PSA World Series tournament finalist Momen, the world number seven, at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.
Victory sees Elshorbagy, a former world number one, add to the titles he won in 2013 and 2015.
In reaching the final, he also swept past compatriots Fares Dessouky and Ali Farag, and world number one Gregory Gaultier of France.
"I'm extremely proud of how I performed this week at this event," Elshorbagy said.
"When I saw the draw pre-event I knew it would be tough.
"I had to play the world number nine, the number five, the number one and the number seven to win, but playing tough opponents is the challenge that I live for.
"To be the best you have to beat these players.
"At the end of the day you want to challenge yourself against the best.
"Backing it up mentally each day was not easy - but I'm really happy.
"Last season I didn't play like a winner.
"This week I feel like I played at my best level and that was my focus coming here."
After dropping the second game, Elshorbagy looked to be up against it in the third as Momen attacked in the mid-stages to string together a series of punishing rallies and sap energy from his opponent’s legs.
But Elshorbagy ultimately showed why he has won 28 PSA World Tour titles - 14 of which have come at World Series level - as he dug in to come through a crucial stage of the match and complete the win.
"This week I got it right and I felt I played the big points well," he added.
"What made the difference today was my experience.
"I have been in so many finals, but it was his first.
"I knew the emotions he was going through.
"I was trying to contain him but at times he was like a train - I just couldn’t stop him.
"When he took the second game it was a big blow for me.
"He really pushed me and I feel this is just the beginning for him."
After the match, Momen said: "It's been an incredible week for me.
"I didn't know what to expect coming here and making my first ever World Series tournament final was very special.
"Obviously I'm disappointed to lose, but I think it was a good match."