Nick Matthew: Chris Simpson match was "tough"

Matthew: Simpson match was
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Nick Matthew believes that his quarter-final match against training partner Chris Simpson in Glasgow was very tough, despite the 3-0 scoreline.

Team England squash player Nick Matthew has admitted that it was a "tough" match against Guernsey competitor and training partner Chris Simpson in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games.

Matthew made light work on the scoreboard with a 3-0 win over Simpson, but Matthew said that it was as good as he had seen his friend play.

"It was incredibly tough, Chris was so desperate to do well and I could feel that pride in playing for Guernsey oozing out of him," he told Team England.

"He's a regular training partner of mine but I don't think I've ever seen him play that well. He was inspired at times and getting everything back – his court coverage was phenomenal.

"It was very, very tough to break him down, but I was pleased with the run out, and I'm glad it didn't go to four or five games."

Matthew will take on Peter Barker on Sunday.

Squash star Nick Matthew is unveiled as the Team England flagbearer on July 22, 2014
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