Paul Coll is into the Qatar Classic final after beating Mostafa Asal for the first time on the PSA World Tour ©PSA

Second seed Paul Coll defeated Mostafa Asal at the Qatar Classic to set up a final showdown with Diego Elias, who will be playing in one of the biggest matches of his career.

Peru's Elias has never before reached the final of a Professional Squash Association (PSA) Platinum tournament, but saw off Wales' Joel Makin at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

In a stop-start affair, world number eight Elias fended off a Makin fightback to win in four games after 70 minutes.

The 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 scoreline means that Elias has been taken to at least four games in all four of his matches at the Qatar Classic.

By comparison, three of Coll's four wins have come in straight games.

"I’m very happy to reach my first [major] final," Elias said.

"It’s been six years that I’m in the top 15 and I’ve never made it here, so I’m very happy. 

"I played one of the worst tournaments of my career in the first few rounds and today, I played one of the best matches, I’m very happy and looking forward to tomorrow."

New Zealand's Coll, who Elias will play tomorrow, had lost all three of his previous matches with Asal on the PSA World Tour, but put an end to that winless record in emphatic fashion.

Asal, who won the US Open earlier this month and beat Coll en route, fell 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 in 45 minutes.

Coll and Asal last met in the British Open quarter-finals in August, with Coll winning in straight games on his way to the title.

The world number three was runner-up at this event last year and also lost in the final when the World Championship was held at this venue in 2019.

"I’ve been saying all week third time lucky, so I hope tomorrow I can do it," Coll said.

"I love coming to Qatar every year, I love this court and I’ve got a good feeling on it. 

"Third time lucky would be great, I’m playing my good mate Diego, so I’m sure it ill be a good battle. 

"We said whoever wins is buying the drinks tomorrow night."