Commonwealth Games: Matthew seals gold after epic final

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Sheffield star Nick Matthew retained his men’s singles Commonwealth Games gold medal after defeating his England teammate James Willstrop in a thrilling final.

The 34-year-old, who won double gold in Delhi four years ago, edged out Willstrop three games to two, winning the decider 11-5.

It was only five weeks ago Matthew, a three-time world champion, underwent minor knee surgery.

The top seed, who practices at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club in Sheffield, said: “This is the best moment of my life.

“It was a battle. I take my hat off to James - what an advert for the sport. Five weeks ago today, I was on a hospital bed.”

Willstrop, the second seed, had no complaints over the outcome. “What Nick’s done is unbelievable,” he said. “I’m disappointed but to have got to where I am is just thrilling.

“I left it all out there.”

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