Ramy Ashour (Egy)
 Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/6, 9/11, 11/9, 11/9 (79m)
RAMY FINDS HIS
When the Egyptian started the match, I actually asked Hisham if
his brother just got a new brain, as he was actually playing a
mature, tight and powerful game!!!!
was great stuff from Ramy, patient at the back and lethal at the
front, with a Nick that like yesterday, was not as his best, and
looked slightly off timing wise. A few errors from both players,
four tins each, but Ramy really ahead score wise, 6/2, Nick
coming back a bit, 6/8, but Ramy with game ball at 10/6.
A bit of confusion with a superb return of serve from Nick
called down by the ref, Ramy walking out, called back to replay
the point, not that happy about it all, but still getting the
point on a superb winner.
In the second Ramy, still upset with the refs, goes back to his
junior squash, and as ever, that doesn’t work, does it, Ramy?
Five tins later, Nick is leading 7/1, when Mr Ashour decides to
switch his brain back on again.
4/10 game ball for Nick, Ramy will claw back, offering a large
and committed crowd something to cheer for, saving six game
balls. Again at 6/10, confusion with a shot called out, actually
being good, oh well, Nick clips it anyway, and Ramy saves
another game ball, only to see his last 9/10 winner called down,
and Nick taking the game.
The third and fourth were really similar I have to say, with the
two players gasping for air at the start of the third, a bit of
scrappy patch there, but after that, point for point till 7/7
all in the fourth, and Ramy playing better and better, with that
confidence that comes from being 2/1, and close to the finishing
Like Nick stated, it was not the best match they played, and
Nick in particular was not as impressive he was all week, but
for Ramy it was not only a physical test, like he said, but a
mental one. Not a long time ago, he would have lost it, and
walked out mentally.
Like Shabana, who used to tin matches away, only to become of
the All Mighty of Squash when he got wise, Ramy is growing up,
Ramy is maturing.
"It was tough…!
"Tonight, the court was a bit slippery, but we both managed to
keep moving, even if it was a bit tricky at times…
"This was a big test for my fitness, I need to thank my fitness
coach, Mems, I think I did well this week in that department.
"In the beginning of the third, we both got tired, and I felt it
was anybody’s match. But I got my confidence back, I regrouped
one more time…
got great respect for Nick, he played so well tonight, he’s
really improving his attacking game, and he mixed up his pace
really well. I think Nick and I really play well together, we
seem to have a complementary game, and to keep pushing each
other up. So, I would like to invite him to come and train with
me, in England or in Egypt, it doesn’t matter… This is an open
"This is my first win of the year, I’m so happy, and I hope I’ll
just keep on playing like that in Saudi, and after that. Win or
lose, I just want to play well…
"I want to thank my sponsor, M. Ziad Al Turki, for the support
he’s been giving for all those years, and of course, the man
that has made it possible for us to be here, Mr Punj.
"And to all the crowd, who has been fantastic all week, please
come back next year!!!!"
was playing better squash than me today, that’s about it…
"I’m disappointed with my performance, my movement to the front
was not good enough, and of course, all credit to Ramy, who was
80% responsible for it, his racquet skills, his movement, his
shots, but I still lost 20% of it, and that made the difference.
"David Campion was very helpful today, he was trying to keep me
positive between the rallies, and I wanted to thank him for his
support all week…
"The stoppage didn’t suit me at all, contrarily to what Peter
thought yesterday, I like a continuous game, and trust me,
asking for the court to be swiped was not a tactical move!
Certainly not against Ramy who’s got the shots!!!!
"I didn’t feel this was a good match quality wise, it was
exciting, but certainly not a great match. It was average squash
up to 7/7 in the 4th, where the great rallies started pouring
"I guess there was a lot at stake today, the PSA Masters title,
the world number 1. It was a lot to handle, and maybe, I was
thinking about it too much.
"I’ve learnt from this, and I’ll be keeping challenging for the
number 1 spot…"