Nick Matthew is delighted with how sharp he feels as he prepares for his second round match at the US Open tonight.
Matthew took a step back from squash following his Commonwealth Games gold medal triumph in July as he prepared for the birth of daughter Charlotte last month.
But on his return to action, the breezed through the first round with a 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 win over fellow Englishman Eddie Charlton in Philadelphia on Sunday night.
Speaking to the Star from Philadelphia, Matthew said: “I was surprised by how sharp I was in that first match.
“I felt good and played some decent squash.
“The real test of what shape I’m in and how good my game is at the minute will come the further I go in the tournament.”
Matthew will face another Englishman Chris Simpson in the second round tonight (11.30pm).
And he says the draw has afforded him a welcoming return to action.
He said: “It’s funny how things have turned out because I was drawn against two of my training partners in the first two matches.
“I share a fitness coach with Eddie Charlton and a coach with Chris so they are two players I know well.
“I know their games but on the same token, they know mine as well so it brings it’s challenges.”
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