Squash: Matthew clinches third world title

England's Nick Matthew in action against Zahed Mohamed, during the AJ Bell World Squash Championships at the National Squash Centre, Manchester. The Sheffield ace has become a three-time world champion.

England's Nick Matthew in action against Zahed Mohamed, during the AJ Bell World Squash Championships at the National Squash Centre, Manchester. The Sheffield ace has become a three-time world champion.

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Sheffield star Nick Matthew has this evening become world champion for the third time after claiming a thrilling victory over Frenchman Gregory Gaultier at the AJ Bell World Squash Championship in Manchester.

Seeded fourth, the 33-year-old reached the final after defending champion Ramy Ashour was forced to pull out of their semi-final with injury.

He returned on Sunday to play out a rollercoaster match with his second-seeded opponent which saw Matthew go two sets ahead before Gaultier levelled at 2-2 to send the match into a decider.

However, any disappointment or anxiety Matthew may have felt at being pegged back was overcome as he enjoyed an emphatic final set to win 11/9, 11/9, 11/13, 7/11, 11/2.

Read tomorrow’s star for full details.

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