The first game was fast, but unhurried, as both players showed patience in finding their openings. At 4-3, a lovely cross boast from Ghosal off the serve game him the edge, and a a lovely kill at 5-4 even had Golan applauding. But play heated up from there. Golan opened the second game with a couple of kills to get a quick lead, and the play took on a new urgency. Golan played more varied shots, and ran Ghosal around the court until midway through game three. At 5-6 down in the third, after a long rally that saw him in all four corners, Ghosal took the point. Ghosal stayed with his opponent until an unforced error by Golan leveled it 9-9, and from there, Ghosal seized his chance, taking the game 12-10. But the fourth saw Golan back in control. By 7-4 down in the fourth, when, Golan made a startling between-the-legs shot for the point, the writing was on the wall. Despite overwhelming support from the crowd, Ghosal could only scrape up one more point from a stroke. a call that left half the spectators groaning, half cheering, and Golan flabbergasted. Golan's answer was yet another dangerous kill, and the game and match ended his way 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5 in 68 minutes.
"He was very sharp today," Ghosal said. "I couldnt get him into uncomfortable positions for long enough to do what I wanted. Credit to Borja, he played well. I had two hard matches this week, but, you know, thats what you train for. I just couldnt play well enough, for long enough, to beat him. Congrats to him."
"The last final I played was in 2013. I havent won a title in two years," Golan said. "I thought the final would be very difficult. I knew Id have to play my best squash to beat Saurav. He has had a tougher week. And I think maybe that was the difference today. Mentally, he was a bit more tired from the days before and maybe I took advantage of that. I dedicate this trophy to Carlos (Cornes Ribadas) because hes always a great support and were great friends, but also to my wife, Chelo, and my future daughter, Manuela."
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