Nick Matthew Confirmed As New Squash World No1

A whirlwind overseas campaign in the final three months of 2010, saw the 30 year-old Englishman win two Commonwealth Games gold medals; become England's first world champion; and clinch his seventh major World Tour title of the year to return to No.1 in the New Year Men’s World Rankings.
 
The Englishman’s latest achievements are all the more stunning considering the quality of opposition and the arduous nature of the current international calendar which saw eight PSA Super Series events, as well as the Commonwealth Games, squeezed into the final five months of the year.
 
Matthew began 2010 by winning his third British National Championship title before going on to collect World Tour trophies in Sweden, USA, London, Cairo and Canberra, and overcoming fellow Englishman James Willstrop in Delhi to win the Commonwealth Games singles gold medal in October.
 
Just two months later in Saudi Arabia, Matthew defeated Willstrop in the final of the World Open to become the first English World Champion in the 34-year history of the sport's premier event.
 
The new World Champion finished the year in emphatic style just nine days later with another resounding victory over his compatriot in the final of the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters to win the tenth and final 2010 PSA Super Series championship at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi, the same venue in which Matthew had celebrated Commonwealth Games gold medals in the men’s singles and men’s doubles.
 
Remarkably, Matthew’s victory in the final of the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters extended his unbeaten World Tour run over Willstrop to 10 matches since December 2007.
 
"2010 was a dream year," admitted Matthew, looking back at his Commonwealth Games, World Open and world number one ranking successes. "They were my goals at the beginning of the year and I set my sights high, so to have achieved all three is amazing - something that was perhaps more of a dream goal rather than a realistic one!
 
"The world number one spot was obviously a reward for consistency over the year; the Commonwealth Golds transcend the sport and reach far greater audiences than just within squash itself; and becoming World Champion means you were the best player when everyone really, really wanted to peak.
 
"So all three are special in different ways; getting the number one spot back is massive too as I didn't hold it for too long first time around!"
 
"The biggest thing that hit home after winning the World Open was that I had become the first Englishman to have won it. That's something that nobody can take away from me, but I think the difference will be more at the end of my career. It is something that can set you apart, and means your name lives on both in and out of the sport.”
 
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England's Nick Matthew has been confirmed as the new World No.1 in the January Dunlop PSA Men's World Squash Rankings, published by the Professional Squash Association.