Nick focuses on concentration

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NICK Matthew doesn’t want to get tied up in delays of play after dropping a game in the British Open second round yesterday.

Matthew, from Sheffield, claimed his concentration was broken when opponent Tom Richards needed to borrow a shoelace after the Englishman snapped one of his during a rally. It led to the 31-year-old losing the second game on his way to a 11/5, 8/11, 11/4, 11/6 victory in 68 minutes, which sets up a last eight clash with Holland’s Laurens Jan Anjema today.

He said: “The break just through me off my stride a bit and it happened again in the fourth game. I’ve got to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen in my next match. I’m through now and the two matches haven’t taken that much out of me.

“Laurens is similar to Tom in that he’s just taken that step up where he’s expecting to beat the top guys now. I’ll have to weather an early storm to get through.”