Sheffield’s Nick Matthew retained his AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix International 70 title with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Mathieu Castagnet at the National Squash Arena last night.
The 34-year-old made it through a gruelling five-set encounter with number one seed Gregory Gaultier the night previously but showed no signs of fatigue as his typically impressive physical play wore Castagnet down as the match went on.
Despite World No 15 Castagnet being ranked 12 places behind Matthew in the world rankings, the Frenchman had already taken out the World No 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in a shock quarter-final result, so the experienced Matthew had to be wary of the threat that Castagnet posed, particularly as the two had never met before on the PSA World Tour.
“I like it here,” said Matthew. “I feel so much at home. I’m obviously from just across the Pennines in Sheffield but this is actually my second home really. My wife’s from this side so I guess my family is half Cheshire now.
“I’ve had the most success in my career on this court. It was a great match and it feels great to have won and end the year on a high.”