Matthew aiming to Nick a quarter-final berth

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NICK Matthew has his eye on a last eight spot at the World Championships in Qatar today after beating Australian Zac Alexander in the round of 32 yesterday.

World No2 Matthew, from Sheffield, is bidding for his third straight world title, which would tie the record of the legendary Jansher Khan.

If Matthew is to make it through to the quarter-finals and a possible clash against four=time world champion Amr Shabana his must first see off Shabana’s fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen.

After beating World No20 Nicolas Mueller in straight games on Sunday, Matthew dropped the first game to Alexander before turning on the style.

It took him just 48 minutes to eventually come through against the World No49 from Brisbane 3-1 (8-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5).

The tournament has so far gone with seeding as the English and Egyptians have once again displayed their dominance.

In the last 16 there are five from England and six from Eqypt.

Top seed and World No1 James Willstrop, from Pontefract plays India’s Saurav Ghosal today after a 3-0 demolition of Canada’s Shawn Delierre.

For Shabana to set up a meeting with Matthew he must beat Botswana’s Alister Walker.

The other top seeds in Matthew’s half of the draw are France’s Greg Gaultier and Egypt’s Ramy Ashour.