Nick Matthew Beats James Willstrop To Reach US Open Final

Matthew, who hasn’t lost to his closest domestic rival since December 2007, including 15 successive victories on the PSA World Tour, started well, taking a 6-1 lead in the first and closed it out 11-3. The second was level up to 5-all but then Matthew pulled away again, taking it 11-6. Willstrop came out strongly in the third, leading 4-2, but Matthew took seven points in a row before closing out the match 11-5 in 42 minutes.

"I got a couple of errors and strokes out of him early in the first game," said Matthew, "and I managed to carry that momentum through to the next two games.

"It's good to get through in three, Greg's in great form so I'll need to be as fresh as possible for the final. I'm not putting any pressure on myself, he's played 75 matches this season and I've played he's much more match sharp than I am! I'll just go out to express myself and enjoy it and if I happen to win that would be great!"

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Nick Matthew, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, defeated arch-rival James Willstrop 11-3 11-6 11-5 in just 42 minutes to reach the final of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, the fifth PSA World Series event of the year being staged at Drexel University in Philadelphia.