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26th March 2010
Matthew Wins ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic

Top seed Nick Matthew won his first ISS Canary Wharf Classic title by overpowering Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in tonight’s final.

 

The 69-minute victory crowned a magnificent week for the 29-year-old world No.2 from Sheffield, who was kept on court for more than two hours in his semi-final battle with fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop the previous evening.

 

Matthew showed few signs of fatigue following one of the most epic battles in squash history and it was Gaultier who blamed tiredness for letting slip a 6-2 lead in the third game.

 

Gaultier was still ahead at 9-6 but was unable to convert that lead as Matthew forced the second tiebreak of the match, finally clinching it 13-11 after Gaultier held game ball at 11-10.

 

Matthew then ran out an easy 11-3 winner in the final game as Gaultier’s challenge wilted.

 

Earlier, Matthew had won the crucial opening game 12-10, despite Gaultier holding game ball at 10-9.

 

The Frenchman, who topped the world rankings in November, responded in stunning style, racing to a 5-0 lead and winning the game comfortably by an 11-6 margin.

 

He continued the attack in the third game but was unable to maintain his control as Matthew mounted a phenomenal physical response to clinch the title and continue his quest for the world No.1 slot.

 

Legends of Squash Challenge:

 

Simon Parke (Eng) beat Peter Nicol (Eng) 11-8, 9-11, 11-7