Squash: Matthew braced for Rösner test

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World number four Nick Matthew will lock horns with eighth seed Simon Rösner in the quarter-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions today.

The 34-year-old Sheffield star booked his place in the last eight after a hard-fought second round win over Omar Mosaad at Grand Central Terminal. Matthew beat Egyptian Mosaad 7-11, 15-13, 11-6, 13-11 following a gruelling 94-minute encounter.

Of his victory against Mosaad, Matthew said: “I had to dig deep and then dig even deeper again and just hang in there at times.

“Omar was controlling most of the rallies and when your game-plan and execution aren’t going exactly how you want then you just have to hang in there and if there’s ever a time when you win ugly that was it.

“I used every ounce of my experience there to get through that one.”

Third seed Matthew faces Rösner, who edged past Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet 3-1.

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