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Airport Xmas Challenger 2015

Airport Xmas Challenger 2015
04-07 Dec
Berlin, Germany, $5k
Round One
04 Dec
05 Dec
06 Dec
07 Dec
(1) Reiko Peter SUI
8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
Bernat Jaume ESP
Reiko Peter
11-6, 11-5, 12-10
Jaakko Vähämaa
Reiko Peter
13-11, 11-8, 11-8
 Ahmed Hussein
Reiko Peter
11-5, 11-6, 11-9
Benjamin Fischer
Patrick Rooney ENG
12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11
(6) Jaakko Vähämaa FIN
(7) Ahmed Hussein EGY
11-7, 11-4, 11-6
Steven London ENG
Ahmed Hussein
11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6
Tarek Shehata
Tarek Shehata EGY
11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10
(4) Baptiste Masotti FRA
(3) Benjamin Fischer SUI
11-8, 11-3, 12-10)
Daniel Mekbib CZE
Benjamin Fischer
11-4, 11-9, 15-13
Jonas Daehler
Benjamin Fischer
11-7, 12-10, 11-8
 Manuel Wanner
Yannik Omlor
6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 10-12
Jonas Daehler (5) SUI
(8) Manuel Wanner SUI
11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-2
Jakob Dirnberger AUT
Manuel Wanner
11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5
Sebastiaan Weenink
Yuri Farneti
7-11, 6-11, 15-13, 4-11
(2) Sebastiaan Weenink NED 
Peter Powers to Xmas Challenger Crown

Swiss top seed Reiko Peter wrapped up a strong 2015 in style after securing his fourth PSA World Tour title of the year with victory over compatriot Benjamin Fischer in the final of the Airport Xmas Challenger, PSA M5 tournament.

Peter was irresistible throughout the event and dropped just one game, in his opening round clash with Bernat Jaume, on his way to the final. Fischer meanwhile downed fellow countrymen Jonas Daehler and Manuel Wanner in the quarter-final and semi-final stages, respectively to confirm his final berth.

World No.67 Peter started the match in the ascendancy, moving Fischer around the court well and pouncing on some lose shots to drop some inch-perfect shots into the front.

This approach paid dividends in the opening two games but a resurgent Fischer attempted to battle his way back into contention in a hard-fought third game.

However, Peter steadied the ship and held on impressively to close out an 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 triumph to ensure that his last PSA World Tour event of the year was a victorious one.
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The Airport Xmas Challenger, PSA M5 tournament starts on Friday December 4 with a competitive draw chasing honours at the Airport Squash and Fitness Club in Berlin, Germany.

Reiko Peter appears at his final PSA World Tour event of the season and is looking to end a successful year, where he has captured three PSA World Tour titles, in style.

The Swiss World No.67’s last piece of silverware came at the Pilatus Cup back in June and, despite dropping out of the PSA Men’s World Championship in the qualifying stages, has shown title-winning pedigree on a number of occasions this year.

Peter goes up against Bernat Jaume in the opening round as he looks to open with a victory.

Second seed Sebastiaan Weenink is also amongst the forerunners for the title and is looking to improve on his good form that has seen him reach two successive semi-finals at the Cleveland Skating Club Open and Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Open.

Italy’s Yuri Farneti stands in the Dutchman’s way in the opening round but Weenink will be expecting to win the encounter against an opponent making only his third PSA World Tour main draw appearance.

Benjamin Fischer has reached four quarter-finals in his last five PSA World Tour tournaments but needs to go further if he is to break his PSA World Tour title duck.

Fischer, who turns 28 the day the event begins, will be hoping for a late birthday present by lifting silverware in Berlin. He meets Daniel Mekbib for a place in the quarter-final.

France’s Baptiste Masotti has an outside chance of taking the crown and, like Fischer, is still yet to find success on the PSA World Tour. A runner-up finish at the Suez Helsinki Summer Challenger in August showed his ability to reach the latter stages and Masotti will be hoping for greater things this time around. He does battle with Tarek Shehata in round one.