Nick Matthew (Eng)
bt  Peter Barker (Eng)
13/11, 11/6, 11/5 (55m)
PETER ATTACKING WELL
thought that Peter played fantastically well in the first game.
Honestly, I was expecting a bit of the wait and see I’m going to
run you down physically kind of game from him, but none of that
tonight. He was at the front, he was putting a lot of weight on
the ball, pushing Nick way back and attacking superbly, and
counter attacking "surprisingly" well.
At 8/3, did he start to think? Did Nick decided it was time for
him to push up the pace a bit? A bit of both? Whatever the
reason, Nick came back strong, 8/8. Still with the momentum,
Peter got the next two points, game ball 10/8. But none of the 3
he got did him any good, as Nick just clinches that game, with
no fault of Peter…
From that point on, Peter could not find the magic he got at the
start, and gradually, Nick got under his skin, in his brain, and
Peter got frustrated. A few errors crept in, Nick was more and
more comfortable at the front, and Peter less and less dominant
in the rallies.
I guess that if Peter took the first game, it would be been a
completely different game. And well done Pete, not a word from
you. Well done… Tonight, Nick was the one doing a bit of the
time I played him, about 10 days ago in Qatar, he had to stop on
injury, and the time before that, in the British Open, he was so
flat after his victory against Greg, I knew that the first game
was bound to be crucial.
"I thought he was hungrier that I was in the first game, he
really came out firing, which I expected as the last two times
we played really didn’t do him any justice. And at the time, I
was just pushing the ball around, not much purpose in my shots.
So way down in the game, I started playing with more thoughts,
and I got lucky to just sneak in that game…
"The sweat just stands there, so every time we had a long rally,
we could hardly stand up!
"I’m not going to tell you what Peter should do to beat me, Fram!!!!
Peter knows he can beat me, when we train together, he beat me,
I beat him… At the moment, I think I’ve just got a little more
experience, a little bit more mileage on the glass court, which
allow me to win matches even like today in the first game, when
I’m not playing my best squash…
"Peter reminds me a lot of me, we were both good juniors, but
not the best, we had to work extremely hard, and we start to
meet in semis, soon, I know it will be in the finals, because
there is only one ways Peter is going, up.
"I’m so glad for England Squash at the moment, with the girls
doing so well, and Peter, Daryl, Ali also going really strong.
Hopefully, we can keep it going…
"This is a great venue, we are all loving it, the crowd is
amazing, and I just hope that they’ll keep on giving me support
"Tomorrow, this is the kind of moment we are putting the hard
work in for, for the pressure match, the big crowd, the
excitement. If you do not enjoy it, why do you play squash for
"Ramy is playing well at the moment, his confidence is up, and
I’ll have to play very well to beat tomorrow…"
"Am I happy about my tournament? Right now, no, I’m not that
happy right now!
"There were a few things I was not happy in my game today, and
Nick played so well at crucial times.
"In the first game, I was mixing the pace very well, and I was
in front of him. But then, he was able to get in front of me,
and he is so dangerous from there, I got frustrated then…
"No offence to anybody, but the floor was really disruptive
tonight. If we want squash to go forward, we’ve got to sort it
out, we’ve got to find a system to make it right. We had
something like 15, 20 stoppage to wipe the floor, that’s just so
difficult to play in those conditions.
"I think those stops suited his game more than mine, the ball
got cold, and I had to start every time from scratch… But then
again, Nick is really the playing in form at the moment…"