Canary Wharf Classic: James Willstrop to face Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew

World number one Nick Matthew will face rival James Willstrop in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic after both players came through their semi-finals.

Matthew, 33, beat Colombia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-4 11-2 11-3 to cruise through in 39 minutes.

Willstrop, 30, took under an hour to beat England team-mate Peter Barker 12-10 11-2 11-7 and aims to end a long losing run against Matthew.

"Naturally I hope it comes to an end on this court," Willstrop said.

"I also ended a similar run against Lee Beachill there a few years ago.

"I am sure the crowd will be looking forward to another all-English battle between Nick and me. We're both playing well and it should be a great match."

Willstrop is the defending champion, having beaten Barker in the final last year, but lost his last final meeting with Matthew two years ago.

The rivals also produced one of the greatest matches in the history of the sport when they contested a two-hour battle in 2010.

More recently the pair met in the final of the National Squash Championships in Manchester in February where Matthew beat fellow Yorkshireman Willstrop 5-11 12-10 11-4 11-8 to win a record sixth title.

Matthew, who like Willstrop has not dropped a game all week, says he is confident ahead of the final on Friday.

He said: "It's nice to know that people think I'm speeding up as I get older. I have felt good on court this week."

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