Squash champion Nick Matthew celebrates after moving up to the second in the world
Matthew’s rise comes courtesy of a trio of triumphs that saw him record impressive wins over Gaultier in the final of February’s CASE Swedish Open, following that up with a dominant performance over World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the final of the Windy City Open before a comprehensive victory against Simon Rösner in the Canary Wharf Classic.
Matthew could not hide his delight after winning a record breaking fifth Canary Wharf Classic title. The top seed proved too strong for the World No.9 Rösner in Friday’s final, claiming a 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden.
Sheffield ace Matthew became the first man since Ramy Ashour in 2013 to win three tournaments on the bounce - adding the Canary Wharf Classic to the Swedish Open and Windy City Open titles he won inside the past month.
“It’s just amazing to win this title for a fifth time,” admitted the 34-year-old.
“I tried to make it really hard for Simon and I’m building up notes on him because he’s improving a lot and I’m sure we’re going to have a few more finals on tour over the next few years.
“This is one of the best venues and events on the tour. It’s been sold out all week and the atmosphere has been amazing and it’s tournaments and places like that where you really want to be playing your squash.
It was Matthew’s 33rd PSA World Tour tournament title and he returns to action in the El Gouna International, in Egypt, next week. He faces Zahed Mohamed in the first round.