Chris Simpson “getting closer all the time” admits world champion
By Squash Mad Reporter
Squash world champion Nick Matthew booked his place in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open with a 3-0 win over Guernsey’s Chris Simpson during the second day of second round action at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.
Matthew was forced to produce some of his best squash against the spirited Simpson, who came into the second round following a 3-0 demolition of South African Shaun Le Roux, before eventually emerging an 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 winner in the battle of Commonwealth Games flag bearers.
“I really enjoyed that battle,” said 34-year-old Matthew. “It seems to be a familiar tale for me to be hanging in against Chris at the end of the third game and you could see he was desperate to take that one. He’s getting closer all the time.
“I’ve not had a match at that pace for a while now and it did wonders for me and really opened up my lungs.
“I have a day off to now to enjoy and do some work with my coach on a few areas and prepare for the next match.”
Matthew will now face Egyptian Fares Dessouki in Thursday’s quarter-finals, after the 20-year-old saved five match points against Karim Abdel Gawad to complete a remarkable comeback and secure his place in the last eight, while Egyptian duo Amr Shabana and Omar Mosaad triumphed to set up an all-Egyptian encounter.
Four-time World Champion Shabana had to use all his guile and experience to survive the onslaught from Hong Kong’s No.1 player Max Lee and scrape his way into the quarter-finals after an epic 78-minute encounter.
“We played at the British Open and I think he definitely learnt few things from that match but I was pleased with how I dug in as it shows that I still have some fight left in me at my age.
“Omar is a player who is up and coming and already banging on the door of the top eight players. He’s incredibly strong and it will be a tough match.”
2014 Delaware Investments US Open: Second Round, Bottom Half:
 Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-2: 12-10, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 [78m]
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 [41m]
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-2: 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 [86m]
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 [49m]
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v  Simon Rösner (GER)
Adrian Waller (ENG) v  Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
 Amr Shabana (EGY) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) v  Nick Matthew (ENG)
Pictures courtesy of PSA and US Open Squash