Aamir Atlas Khan collected the final PSA World Tour title of the year at the Pakistan Circuit No4 squash event in Lahore – but the top seed was taken the full distance before overcoming unseeded fellow Pakistani Farhan Zaman 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8.
While Khan took just 18 minutes to reach the final after despatching Nasir Iqbal 11-6, 11-6, 11-0, 18-year-old Zaman needed 40 minutes to see off qualifier Muhammad Saqib Yousaf in five games in the other semi-final, to reach his 2nd Tour final in a row.
And the 21-year-old favourite from Peshawar looked on course for a straightforward victory when he took a two-game lead in the final. But, showing no signs of his battle 24 hours earlier, Zaman fought back to draw level and force the match into a 5th game decider.
Khan dug deep and used his greater experience to the full to retake the advantage before closing out the match 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8 in 52 minutes.
The win marks the sixth PSA Tour title of Khan’s career.