HE may admit to being in the “twilight” of his career, but Sheffield’s Nick Matthew is determined to stay at the top of his game for as long as possible.
The 34-year-old world No 3 proved he can still mix it with the best – regardless of how much younger they are – when he beat world No 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0 to win the Windy City Open in Chicago.
The victory saw Matthew become the oldest-ever winner of a PSA World Series event, collecting his 32nd career title.
“I’m really enjoying my squash at the minute,” said Matthew. “I guess I’m in the twilight of my career – the end is closer than the beginning – but I managed to take my chance tonight against someone who has been in incredible form recently.”
The result saw Matthew atone for two losses against his Egyptian rival in their previous two meetings, Elshorbagy getting the better of the Yorkshireman in the final of the Tournament of Champions in New York earlier this year, and the semi-finals of the World Championships last year.
“You always go into a match with a game plan but it’s another thing being able to execute it against someone like Mohamed because he plays at such a fast pace and takes away your thinking time,” added Matthew.
“But I felt I played well when under pressure today. I was patient and picked my times to attack well.
“I’m sure we’re going to have a few more battles to come before I retire and, hopefully, I can come back here next year and defend the title.”