Old foe awaits Matthew in final

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TWO-time world champion Nick Matthew faces Yorkshire rival James Willstrop in the final of the British Grand Prix in Manchester tonight.

The Sheffield ace defeated Peter Barker in straight games 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 yesterday to set-up a mouth-watering meeting with Willstrop, who is the world number one and hails from Leeds. It will be second seed Matthew’s 50th PSA final and is scheduled to get underway at 7pm.

The 32-year-old, who won his third British Open title in May, has also beaten Tom Richards and Alister Walker in the tournament.

“Once I had the first game under my belt, I was able to relax and grew more comfortable,” Matthew admitted.

Willstrop edged a gripping, gruelling encounter with Frenchman Gregory Gaultier 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 15-17, 15-13 which lasted nearly two hours.

A relieved Willstrop said: “When it is played like that, squash is the hardest sport on earth.”