James Willstrop beats Nick Matthew for first time in 10 years and 20 matches

James Willstrop and Nick Matthew
The winner of the Tournament of Champions in New York will win $150,000 (£124,290)

British number two James Willstrop ended a run of 10 years and 19 defeats by beating number one Nick Matthew.

Willstrop had not beaten his domestic rival since the 2007 English Open final but won 11-6 7-11 5-11 11-7 11-4 at New York's Grand Central Station.

"It's been tough over the years," said Willstrop. "His game makes it very hard for me."

Matthew said: "He's a class player and we've played some massive matches, so that win was coming some day."

Willstrop, 33, and 36-year-old Matthew have met 35 times down the years, with Matthew now holding a 26-9 overall record.

Willstrop now faces Paul Coll of New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions.

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