Nick Matthew of England has won the Canary Wharf Classic for a record sixth time. This three-time squash world champion from Sheffield won in his home country at the Classic, which was held in London at East Wintergarden.

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As the current world No.4, Matthew is a class act and has donated his prize money from the title to Sumner Malik, a brave 10 (soon to be 11-year-old) squash player who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

His victory comes just after his win at the British Grand Prix in December (where he edged out James Willstrop, his fellow Englishman, for the trophy). Matthew told PSA that “We’re fortunate to do what we do for a living and we take it for granted at times,” referring to donating his winnings to young Sumner Malik.

His humble nature was not seen on the court, however, where he pushed himself to victory during the anticipated final match. Nick Matthew, now 36 years of age (we can’t believe it either) beat 22-year-old and excellent Egyptian player Fares Dessouky, who is currently ranked No.11 in the world and ranked No.14 in the World Series Ranking.

Fares Dessouky battles Nick Matthew at the Canary Wharf Classic

Fares Dessouky battles Nick Matthew at the Canary Wharf Classic

Road to Victory

In order to claim his 35th PSA World Tour title, Nick Matthew completed his 3-1 victory over a 70 minute battle in which Matthew started off strong in the first two games, then lost his footing to Dessouky, and then came back for a no-doubt win in the fourth game.

Dessouky had an impressive final match against Matthew, and was the only man during the week to even take a single game away from the Englishman. In fact, Dessouky had come through a mammoth 124-minute semifinal match against Spaniard Borja Golan just the night before the finals in order to reach the final with Nick Matthew. This makes his gameplay against the title winner impressive.

Matthew did take advantage of the weary legs of the semi-final winner and took him to court. He doubled his advantage in the first two games, but Fares rose to the challenge and took the third game against the run of play. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough and Matthew took charge and ended the match with another win in the fourth.

Dessouky

Even Matthew was impressed by the Egyptian’s stamina and will to battle through. “He had a long, hard match last night and it’s so hard mentally to recover from a match like that, but he showed just how tough he is the way he came back in that third game.”

Fares Dessouky (EGY) was ranked as 4th seed coming into the Canary Wharf Classic and as the title winner five times over coming into the match, Nick Matthew (ENG) was ranked number 1.

Fares Dessouky (EGY)

Fares Dessouky (EGY)

In all, Matthew can enjoy another trophy (his sixth Canary Wharf Classic and 35th title of his long PSA World Tour career.

 

Result — Final: 2017 Canary Wharf Classic

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 (70m)

 

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