Nick Matthew Beats Peter Barker In US Open Quarter-Finals

Matthew was in charge in the first two games, controlling the rallies with precise volleys, punching the ball deep into the corners. Barker was more aggressive from the start of the third, however, firing in a couple of spectacular volley kills as he opened up a 5-1 lead. Matthew reduced the gap to 3-5 and 6-7, but the determined world No7 stayed ahead until Matthew levelled at eight-all.

Barker then saved two match-balls before converting his second game-ball to take the match into a fourth game.

2007 champion Matthew regrouped, took a quick 6-2 lead before closing out the match 11-5, 11-4, 12-14, 11-6 after 76 minutes to secure his fourth successive semi-final appearance in the event.

"I saw how the last match went, with James cruising at 6-2 in the third," said Matthew. "So I was on my guard against that happening to me but he played really well at the start of the third and suddenly I was 5-1 down and he was becoming confident.

"It got a bit scrappy and bitty after that, a lot of lets and bumps, but I just had to tough it out and I'm pleased how I was able to do that."

Matthew will face compatriot James Willstrop for a place in the final.

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Nick Matthew defeated compatriot & fellow internationalSPORTgroup player Peter Barker 11-5 11-4 12-14 11-6 in the quarter-finals 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.