Matthew gracious after final defeat

Nick Matthew lost in the US Open final to Gregory Gaultier.
Nick Matthew lost in the US Open final to Gregory Gaultier.
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Sheffield star Nick Matthew conceded top seed Gregory Gaultier was too good for him as he was beaten in three games in the US Open final.

The 33-year-old, who won the Open six years ago, lost 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 against the Frenchman in Philadelphia.

Matthew, who beat fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in the semi-finals of the tournament, tweeted: “Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say that despite giving it everything you were beaten by the better player.”

In the head-to-head record, Gaultier now leads 15-10. He said it was an “amazing” feeling to lift the trophy for the first time since 2006.

He said: “To win the title again here in this great venue is like a dream. I tried to play fast and use a lot of variation as he’s so strong in the middle of the court.

“For me it’s my fifth tournament in a row, Nick has only just started after five months off, so I have the matches in my leg - maybe that was the difference tonight.

“I’m sure he’ll come back strong, maybe we can have another match in the World Open final next week!”

In the women’s final, Britain’s Laura Massaro took Nicol David to five games but ended up losing 13-11, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5.

Malaysian Nicol said: “It feels fantastic; it means a lot to win that match and to win another US Open.”