Squash: Nick aiming to reach for the top once again

Sheffield's Nick Matthew
Sheffield's Nick Matthew

Sheffield’s Nick Matthew is back in action on Saturday with his eye on returning to the top of the world.

Matthew has slipped to fourth in the world rankings behind Egypt’s Ramy Ashour, France’s Gregory Gaultier and England’s James Willstrop.

His battles with Pontefract’s Willstrop are generally one-sided in Matthew’s favour but he’ll still be hoping to get above his fellow Tyke while targeting Ashour and Gaultier ahead of the US Open in Philadelphia.

The 33-year-old former World No 1 said: “They are the top two players in the world but I’m not too far behind.

“It is small differences in rallies. I am looking at certain things in my game.

“They put me in tight corners so I have got to look at that.

“I have to look at attacking these guys more and taking the game to them. The attacking aspect is so important in squash.

“Every point against them is gruelling. Every point is like a war against them so you have to be prepared to put the hard yards in.

“If you get cheap points, it is a bonus.”

Matthew will begin his US Open campaign against a qualifier with Willstrop potentially waiting in the semi-final next Thursday.