Canary Wharf Squash Classic: Nick Matthew says triumph has given him boost ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow


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Nick Matthew says his victory at the Canary Wharf Squash Classic has given him a confidence boost ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The current world No 1 beat James Willstrop 3-0 on Friday night to clinch his fourth Canary Wharf title and is hungry to improve despite producing a near perfect performance.

"It felt like a huge final tonight, I felt a great buzz that only certain environments can give you," the 33-year-old said.

"I played as well as I could play so I need to go back to the drawing board and find out ways to play even better."

Laura Massaro’s triumph at the World Open in Penang last Sunday means England will have two current world champions at their disposal for the Commonwealth Games after Yorkshire-born Matthew won the men’s title in November.

Massaro was in the crowd to witness Matthew’s win over Willstrop which the new Canary Wharf champion believes will help his preparation ahead of an important few months.

"To win in this atmosphere gives me great confidence. It’s great preparation for the Commonwealth Games and the other tournaments coming up later this year.

"I'm going to enjoy some time off now and try to keep my feet on the ground because a lot of hard work needs to be done," he added.

Matthew and wife Esme are expecting a baby in September and the Yorkshireman – who will be competing at the British Open next month – hopes the new arrival can top off a great year for the player.

"Fortunately the baby is due after the Commonwealth Games, which is good planning! It could be a big change, but we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it. Hopefully it will be a great year."