Squash: Defending champ wary of Rodriguez danger

Sheffield star Nick Matthew
Sheffield star Nick Matthew
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NUMBER one seed Nick Matthew is hoping to avoid a “potential banana skin” when he takes on Miguel Angel Rodriguez tonight (8.00pm) in the first round of the Canary Wharf Squash Classic.

In their one previous meeting just over a year ago, Matthew scraped past the Columbian three games to two in the Davenport North American Open.

Sheffield star Matthew, bidding to win his fourth successive Canary Wharf title, is refusing to underestimate the 5ft 7in Rodriguez, who hails from Bogota, as he looks to hit top form in London.

Matthew told The Star: “Miguel is widely regarded as the fastest player on tour. I played him last year and I found him really tough to play against. He’s small, fast and quite unorthodox. There is no set pattern to his play.

“Hopefully I have learned from our last match. He is a potential banana skin so I’m just focusing on this one.”

* Nick Matthew plays using his Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130, available for £139.99. To view Dunlop’s full range of squash equipment and apparel, visit Dunlop.com