Egypt's world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy booked his place in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Championship final after an emphatic 3-0 victory against defending champion Nick Matthew in Doha.
The duo were embroiled in a war-of-words coming into the tournament, with Elshorbagy claiming Matthew "wouldn't be able to handle the pace", and the 23-year-old from Alexandria lived up to his prediction, out-muscling Matthew in an intense 60-minute battle.
Brutal rallies dominated proceedings throughout, with both players testing each other to the maximum, but it was the Bristol-based Elshorbagy who prevailed to set up a final encounter with compatriot Ramy Ashour tomorrow.
"It feels great to get that win because I came here today and I really wanted it and I gave it everything I had," said Elshorbagy.
"We were both really fired up for the match.
"There was a lot of talk and mind games before the match but there's a big respect there between us as well.
"Nick is an inspirational player and I have learnt a lot from him during my career so far.
"But on court it's a war and we both want to win."
He added: "Tomorrow I'm sure we'll joke with each other and forget about all the talk beforehand.
"I expect another exciting match in the final against Ramy tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it."
Ashour, returning to competitive action for the first time since May's Allam British Open, was in majestic form as he withstood everything French number one seed Gregory Gaultier threw at him to come through 3-0 in 56 minutes.
Ashour's last World Championship triumph came in Doha in 2012, when he beat Elshorbagy in the final, and he'll be hoping for a repeat performance tomorrow.
"It feels great to be in the final and I'm going to give it 100 per cent and fight for every shot and every point," said Ashour.
"I'm pushing away the demons in my head and what counts is that I'm in there and I'm determined not to waste all the work I have put in."
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