Top seed Nick Matthew retained the North American Open title after beating his great rival Ramy Ashour in a momentous final of the $115,000 PSA World Series Tour event at the Westwood Club in Virginia.
The 30-year-old world champion from Sheffield, triumphed 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6 after 85 minutes of magical squash as the two giants of world squash competed in their third consecutive Richmond final.
A delighted Matthew said: “Ramy and I are building quite a rivalry. “It was a great match and as Ramy is a lot younger than me I hope I can keep the rivalry going for a few more years.
“I know the crowd were cheering for him to come back when I was 2-0 up but I won’t hold it against them. This tournament gets bigger and better every year and we have all enjoyed the superb new venue at the Westwood Club.
“The crowds have been great every day and the game is gaining a massive foothold in the United States.”
Ashour said: “Nick is a great champion and today he showed why he is number one in the world. It was a fantastic match and I am sure we will have many more of them as we go round the world playing in so many great tournaments like this one.”
Ashour dedicated the game to the Egyptian nation as he collected the runner’s-up trophy.