Nick Matthew Beats Tarek Momen To Reach Davenport North American Squash Open Quarter-Finals

Nick Matthew beat Tarek Momen of Egypt 11-7 11-8 11-6 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Davenport North American Squash Open being staged in Richmond, Virginia.
 
Matthew was too strong for Momen with the Egyptian appearing to be suffering after his marathon match last night with American Chris Gordon.
 
Matthew advanced from 2-2 to 8-2 to set up a winning position in the first game, but the second was much tougher. Momen led 5-4 and Matthew had to graft his way through several tough rallies to build a lead of 9-6. Momen collected two points to draw close at 8-9 but Matthew nailed the last two points to open up a two-game lead.
 
Matthew was always ahead in the third and Momen struck the tin several times as fatigue set in.
 
Matthew and Gordon share the same coach, David Pearson, in England. And Matthew said; "We don't have the same coach for nothing. I discussed the tactics of playing Tarek with Chris but it's one thing to give someone else advice and another to do it yourself.
 
"But the scoreline doesn't do Tarek justice. It was a very hard-fought match and it's not easy to get a three-love against such a good player.
 
"I was pleased for Chris last night. I told him not be content with just qualifying for the main draw and he took it on board.
 
"With so many important tournaments in the States it's good to see a US player contributing so much and engaging the crowd as he did last night. It's certainly good for the game."
 
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