Posted on 05 October 2007.
Nick Matthew produced a devastating display of squash to overcome fellow Englishman James Willstrop in the final of the US Open
to claim his first PSA Super Series
title - and the biggest prize of his career - at theRoseland Ballroom
in New York City
The triumph - marking his sixth PSA Tour
title - follows last month's disappointment of surrendering the British Open
crown he won for the first time in 2006.
The 27-year-old from Sheffield in Yorkshire made his 'Big Apple' breakthrough when he defeated the sport's newest star Ramy Ashour - the 20-year-old world number two from Egypt who has won five PSA Tour
titles this year - in the semi-finals.
The sixth seed's stunning semi-final victory took 69 minutes, whilst Willstrop battled for 98 to overcome Egypt'sKarim Darwish in the other semi - 24 hours after upsetting Gregory Gaultier, the defending champion and newly-crowned British Open
champion, in a 76-minute marathon!
But Matthew was too strong for fellow Yorkshireman Willstrop in the final of the $120,000 PSA Super Series Platinum event, winning 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 in 54 minutes.
"Nick was absolutely outstanding tonight," Willstrop told www.squashsite.co.uk.
"I've played him on so many occasions, and I've never seen him play so well. He was just far too good, and I couldn't do anything against him. No excuses.
"He was a man on top of his form. I wanted to win this tournament, but he deserves it because he has made himself into a world class athlete," added the 24-year-old from Leeds, who is himself enjoying a resurgence of form - last month winning his seventh PSA Tour
title at the Prince English Grand Prix
"He put me under constant pressure and got onto every single shot. He's a great student of the game, and his training has made him able to play three tough matches in a row, and I need to work up to that level. I am very pleased, but I just didn't have enough tonight."
In a tribute to the support he and Matthew receive at home, the runner-up added: "I just want to give a shout to the EIS (English Institute of Sport) and England Squash, and all the others including the Lottery Funding because they've supported us and coached us.
"It's a massive help, and tonight shows what they've done for us. It's a big day for all the people who have helped. I'm proud for both of us," concluded Willstrop.
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt  James Willstrop (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (54m)