Nick Matthew: Chris Simpson match was "tough"

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.

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